Despite signing Eric Berry to a long-term contract this week, it appears the Kansas City Chiefs won’t use their available franchise tag on nose tackle Dontari Poe before Wednesday’s 3 p.m. deadline. If the Chiefs don’t tag Poe, the possibility of which was first reported by NFL Network and confirmed by ESPN, he will become a free agent March 9 unless they are able to agree on a long-term contract. Poe, 26, has been a stalwart on the Chiefs’ defensive line since 2012.
The Chiefs made a pragmatic decision to release Jamaal Charles, who is 30 and coming off nearly two full seasons missed with knee injuries. But Charles will always be part of this organization and the city’s sports legacy, particularly because of the way he played and from where he came.
Eric Berry is now the NFL’s highest-paid safety. That was always going to be how this negotiation ended. The Kansas City Chiefs could’ve saved themselves some trouble, and cap space, by doing this a year ago.
The Kansas City Chiefs released star running back and franchise rushing leader Jamaal Charles on Tuesday. Charles, 30, was set to enter the last year of his contract, which came with a $7 million salary cap number. The Chiefs will gain approximately $6.187 million in cap savings by releasing him.
The heart and soul of the Chiefs will remain in Kansas City for a long time. On Tuesday, star safety Eric Berry and the Chiefs reached a six-year, $78 million contract agreement, a source with knowledge of the deal confirmed to The Star. The contract also includes $40 million guaranteed with a $20 million signing bonus, according to the source, and will make him the NFL’s highest-paid safety.
With the release of Jamaal Charles by the Chiefs on Tuesday, the question of who is the greatest running back in Kansas City history seems appropriate. Or maybe the question is, who is the best Chiefs running back who was a Texas Longhorn?
The Kansas City Chiefs officially announced a contract extension with guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on Tuesday. The extension is for five years and $41.25 million with $20 million guaranteed, The Kansas City Star reported Monday afternoon.
Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger answers your questions every week in his Mellinger Minutes. What was Bruce Weber doing? Why are the Royals shifting strategies? Eric Hosmer signing long term? Frank Mason is pretty good at basketball, huh?
Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said that he believes quarterback Alex Smith will be the team’s starter this fall, but NFL.com’s Mike Mayock said this year’s NFL Draft has some intriguing options for the team.
Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been very clear about his uncertain contract status. The pending free agent told The Star at the Super Bowl that he will sit out the season if he is franchise-tagged and not given a long-term contract by the July 15 deadline, and on Sunday, he reiterated that point when asked at the 101 Awards if he’s changed his mind.
At the 101 Awards on Sunday night, Chiefs safety Eric Berry was announced as the unanimous winner of the Derrick Thomas MVP Award while all-pro returner Tyreek Hill won the Mack Lee Hill Award as the club’s rookie of the year. Both awards are voted on by the players.
In recent years, the Kansas City Chiefs have had some success taking low-risk fliers on versatile running backs. On Friday, they decided to take a chance on another, as the club announced the signing of former first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller.
The Kansas City Chiefs will have 10 draft picks this year. On Friday, the NFL announced the Chiefs will receive four compensatory picks: a third (104th overall), a fifth (182nd) and two sixths (218th and 220nd). This year’s NFL Draft is April 27-29.
The Kansas City Chiefs are finalizing a five-year, $41.25 million contract extension, including $20 million guaranteed, for guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a source confirmed to The Star. He was set to become a free agent in 2018, but the extension will keep him in Kansas City well into his prime.