Ex-Chiefs assistant Britt Reid charged with felony DWI
Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid was charged Monday with felony DWI for the February accident that left a 5-year-old girl with life-threatening injuries.If convicted of the Class D felony, Reid could be sentenced up to seven years in prison.Reid, 35, is the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. He was expected to turn himself in and be booked later Monday. Prosecutors have requested $100,000 bond and GPS and alcohol monitoring of Reid.Kansas City prosecutors say Reid had a blood alcohol concentration of .113 from a sample taken two hours after he barreled into a disabled vehicle on I-435. Reid was driving 83.9 miles per hour -- in a posted 65 -- 1.9 seconds before slamming into the vehicle, per the probable cause statement form.Reid "operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and acted with criminal negligence by driving at an excessive rate of speed," Jackson County (Missouri) prosecutors said in the filing.Ariel Young, 5, was critically injured in the Feb. 4 wreck."The Kansas City Chiefs organization remains steadfast in our concern for all who have been impacted by this tragic accident," the Chiefs said in a statement Monday. "Our prayers are focused on Ariel's continued healing and recovery. The Chiefs are regularly in contact with the family's designated representative during this challenging time."
Chiefs get free agent C Austin Blythe on 1-year deal
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with free agent center Austin Blythe on a one-year deal, NFL Network and The Athletic reported Tuesday.Blythe, 28, spent the past four seasons in Los Angeles, starting 48 games for the Rams and missing just one game the past three seasons. Blythe graded out as the eighth-best center in run-blocking this past season, according to Pro Football Focus.The Chiefs ostensibly are moving on from Austin Reiter, their starting center the past two seasons.
Chiefs sign DT Jarran Reed to 1-year deal
The Kansas City Chiefs reached a one-year deal with defensive tackle Jarran Reed, two days after he was released by Seattle.Reed can earn up to $7 million in the deal, ESPN reported Sunday. The Seahawks saved $9 million against their salary cap by releasing the 28-year-old on Friday.Reed had been a full-time starter since 2017, one year after the Seahawks selected him in the second round of the draft.
Reports: WR Robinson returns to Chiefs on one-year deal
The Kansas City have retained receiver Demarcus Robinson on a one-year deal, multiple outlets reported Thursday.The Houston Chronicle reported the deal is worth $1.137 million.The 26-year-old Robinson caught 45 passes for 466 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games (nine starts) last season, his fifth with the Chiefs.
Chiefs re-sign RT Mike Remmers to one-year deal
The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed right tackle Mike Remmers to a contract Thursday, agent Brett Tessler confirmed on social media.NFL Network said the one-year deal includes $3.5 million guaranteed with a maximum value of $7 million.Remmers, who turns 32 next month, played in 13 games (10 starts) in the regular season and started all three playoff games for the AFC champions last season.
Chiefs sign OG Joe Thuney, reel in Kyle Long out of retirement
Offensive guard Joe Thuney and retired lineman Kyle Long signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday.Thuney's deal is reportedly worth $80 million over five years.Thuney was considered the top offensive guard on the market and played under the franchise tag with the New England Patriots last season.Long played guard and tackle with the Chicago Bears but retired after the 2019 season. His career has been dented by injuries, including hip and knee injuries. Long can earn $5 million on a one-year deal, per reports.
Reports: Chiefs release RB Damien Williams
The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Damien Williams, who played a key role in their Super Bowl LIV title before opting out last season due to COVID-19 concerns, on Tuesday, according to numerous reports.The Chiefs save $2.2 million against the salary cap by cutting Williams, who rushed for 104 yards and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in Super Bowl LIV, according to reports.Williams became expendable with the emergence of rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who led the team in rushing with 803 yards and four touchdowns on 181 carries after the Chiefs took him in the first round of last year's draft. Edwards-Helaire also played in just 13 regular-season games due to injury.The Chiefs also signed second-string running back Darrel Williams to a one-year contract worth up to $2.13 million with $930,000 guaranteed on Tuesday, according to The Kansas City Star.Darrel Williams, who signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of LSU in 2018, rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown on 39 carries last year. He also had 18 receptions for 116 yards.
Reports: G Joe Thuney agrees to $80M deal with Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs and free agent guard Joe Thuney have agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal, according to multiple reports on Monday.The 28-year-old Thuney started 80 consecutive games for the New England Patriots over the past five seasons. He also started 10 playoff games, including three straight Super Bowls.Thuney earned nearly $14.8 million last season after the Patriots placed the franchise tag on him.The signing of Thuney will help the Chiefs better protect star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was repeatedly harassed during last month's Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Report: Chiefs hope to restructure Patrick Mahomes' contract
The Kansas City Chiefs apparently hope to become the latest NFL team to restructure the contract of a high-priced quarterback to save salary-cap space.ESPN reported Friday that the Chiefs hope to change Mahomes' $21.7 million roster bonus to a signing bonus, a maneuver that would result in $17 million of cap savings for the 2021 season.The accounting shift would allow the team to spread out the cap cost of the bonus money over multiple years.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and quarterback Tom Brady similarly agreed to a contract extension Friday that provides the club with additional salary-cap flexibility.The Chiefs' tight salary-cap situation was highlighted earlier this week when the team parted ways with starting tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher on the same day.
Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy lived in hotel all season to protect son
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy lived in a hotel for more than six months to protect his vulnerable son from the potential risks of COVID-19, the coach told Sports Illustrated.In an article published Thursday, Bieniemy told SI that he slept in a hotel six nights a week from July 23, 2020, until after the Super Bowl to shield his 26-year-old son, Eric III, who suffers from cerebral palsy and respiratory issues.The revelation was part of a Sports Illustrated article on how the NFL functioned during the past 12 months amid the pandemic.
Block aid: Chiefs release starting OTs, save $18M
Starting offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz were released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.The move will save the Chiefs more than $18 million against the 2021 salary cap, including the $12 million recaptured by releasing Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in 2013."I have a tremendous amount of respect for both Eric and Mitchell," Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement."With Eric, obviously he was the very first player that we drafted when we got to Kansas City, and we were able to watch him grow into a solid tackle for us for many years."With Mitchell, his durability and toughness is remarkable and he certainly left his mark on our team. These decisions are never easy, especially with guys like these, but both of these players will forever be a part of our history."
Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman retires from NFL
Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman announced Thursday that he is retiring from the NFL.Sherman, 32, played eight years with the Chiefs primarily as a blocker and a member of the special teams unit.Although he rushed for just 73 yards and one touchdown, Sherman caught 66 passes for 552 yards and four touchdowns across his 10 NFL seasons.
Attorney: Girl injured in Britt Reid crash awake, not talking
The attorney for the family of a girl severely injured in the accident involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid said Tuesday the 5-year-old likely has permanent brain damage and is not walking or talking.During an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" program, lawyer Tom Porto said Ariel Young is awake but not speaking nearly a month after the "serious life-altering event." She suffered life-threatening injuries and continues to fight for her life, Porto said."She's awake, which is a huge development," Porto said on the morning show. "She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life. She's not walking -- it's a sad, sad, sad story."Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, told police he had two to three drinks prior to the crash on Feb. 4, three days before the team played in the Super Bowl in Tampa.Reid acknowledged to police he was driving the Dodge Ram truck that struck a Chevrolet Traverse that had arrived to assist the driver of a Chevrolet Impala that had run out of gas. Reid's vehicle struck the Impala first before striking the Traverse, injuring Ariel and a 4-year-old, both of whom were in the backseat of the Traverse.Britt Reid's eyes were bloodshot and the officer smelled "a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages," according to a police officer statement.
Chiefs hopeful Patrick Mahomes (toe) is ready by June
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes is on track to return from toe surgery in time to participate in the Chiefs' minicamp in June, general manager Brett Veach said Monday.Mahomes, 25, underwent surgery for turf toe on Feb. 10."It's a three-month recovery, so we're hopeful (he returns) somewhere around that mandatory minicamp, if we have it," Veach said. "We certainly think by training camp he'll be ready to go and we'll be smart with him."Mahomes injured his left big toe in the first quarter of Kansas City's 22-17 divisional playoff victory against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 17.He had one of the worst games of his NFL career in the 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, completing 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed five times for 33 yards and was sacked three times.
Chiefs RT Mitchell Schwartz undergoes back surgery
Kansas City Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz underwent back surgery on Wednesday and said that his "recovery process isn't too long."Schwartz posted pictures of himself in a hospital gown and face mask prior to the procedure on various social media accounts."Injury update: I'm getting surgery today," he wrote. "I was hoping to recover enough to get back for playoffs/Super Bowl but that didn't happen. It's time to address the issue. The recovery process isn't too long, which is nice. Looking forward to a healthy 2021!"Schwartz, 31, had his streak of 134 consecutive regular-season starts end after leaving the Week 6 game against the Buffalo Bills with the back injury. It turned out to be season-ending even though Schwartz delayed surgery in case he could return for the postseason.Schwartz played his first four NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2012-15) before joining Kansas City as a free agent.
Patrick Mahomes early favorite to win 2021 NFL MVP award
The dust has barely settled from Super Bowl LV and all eyes have turned back to Patrick Mahomes.Despite seeing his Kansas City Chiefs come up short in the big game last week, Mahomes has been installed as the early favorite to win NFL Most Valuable Player honors for the 2021 season.Mahomes, who won the award in 2018, is listed at +500 by DraftKings.Mahomes, 25, is expected to be motivated after throwing for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns during the regular season before enduring one of the worst games of his NFL career in last Sunday's 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He completed 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Super Bowl LV.Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers resides at +800 to capture his fourth such award.Rodgers received 44 votes to earn his third career MVP award (2011, 2014) on Feb. 6. Rodgers led the league with 48 touchdown passes, a 70.7 percent completion rate and a 121.5 rating.
Chiefs assistant coach placed on administrative leave
The Kansas City Chiefs placed outside linebackers coach Britt Reid, the son of head coach Andy Reid, on administrative leave on Tuesday amid an investigation into a traffic crash that hurt two children and left one with life-threatening injuries.Britt Reid, 35, was involved in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday on the side of a highway entrance ramp near the team's training complex next to Arrowhead Stadium.Britt Reid, who has been on his father's staff since Andy Reid arrived ahead of the 2013 season, did not travel with the team to the Super Bowl in Tampa.Britt Reid acknowledged to police he was driving his Dodge Ram truck that struck a Chevrolet Traverse that had arrived to assist a Chevrolet Impala that had run out of gas, according to reports.Reid's vehicle struck the Impala first before striking the Traverse, injuring a 5-year-old, whom the Chiefs identified as Ariel Young, and a 4-year-old, both of whom were in the backseat of the Traverse. Young suffered life-threatening injuries and the 4-year-old did not, though both were transported to a local hospital."We remain in the process of gathering information on the incident, and we will continue to assist local authorities as requested," the Chiefs said in a statement Tuesday. "Our focus remains on Ariel Young and her family. We have reached out to the family to offer our support and resources to them during this difficult time, and we will continue to pray for her recovery."
Former first-round pick TE Willie Scott dies at 61
Willie Scott, a former first-round pick and NFL tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots, has died at the age of 61, the Patriots and the University of South Carolina announced Tuesday.Scott needed a heart and kidney transplant after battling heart issues for years, the Charlotte Observer reported. Scott died Monday."The New England Patriots are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of former Patriots tight end Willie Scott," the team said in a statement.Scott was drafted No. 14 overall by the Chiefs in the 1981 draft out of South Carolina. His Gamecocks teammate, George Rogers, was selected No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Saints."It's with heavy hearts we mourn the passing of Willie Scott. A great player, but more importantly, a great man and a true Gamecock," South Carolina tweeted.
Yahoo Sports NFL writer Terez Paylor dies at 37
Yahoo Sports senior NFL writer Terez Paylor died unexpectedly Tuesday at 37 years old."We are heartbroken to learn that our friend and teammate Terez Paylor has passed away," Yahoo Sports editor-in-chief Johnny Ludden said in a statement. "Terez was a dogged, thoughtful reporter to many who knew him in the NFL. To us, he was a friend who always had a warm smile and a kind word. He cared deeply about his family, was passionate about his work and remained intensely proud of his Detroit and Kansas City roots. Our sympathy is with Terez's family and everyone who knew and cared about him."Paylor joined Yahoo Sports in 2018 after 12 years spent at the Kansas City Star. He covered the Kansas City Chiefs for five seasons."Hearing the news of Terez's passing is heart wrenching," the Chiefs communications team said in a statement. "He was so young and full of life, he always wanted to do right by people. ... He was a true professional and a great man with a bright future ahead of him."Paylor graduated from Howard University in 2006. He was one of 48 voting members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Report: Patrick Mahomes to have surgery for turf toe
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will have surgery Wednesday to repair a turf toe injury, multiple outlets reported.He is expected to miss most of the team's offseason work but be ready to go by training camp, per NFL Network and ESPN.Mahomes injured his left big toe in the first quarter of the 22-17 divisional playoff victory against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 17.