Chef News: Justin Reid, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Frank Clark, Charvarius Ward

Chiefs reportedly interested in wide receiver Allen Robinson

As a prelude to free agency – the NFL infamous period of legal forgery — started on Monday, Kansas City Chiefs were immediately reported to be talking to the future elder Chicago Bears player.

The Chiefs are interested in free wide receiver Allen Robinson, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns are the other interested teams — also according to Pelissero.

Robinson, 28, is finally an unrestricted free agent after playing for the Bears on the franchise tag for the 2021 NFL season. After back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2019 and 2020, respectively, Robinson had just 38 catches for 410 yards in 2021 as injuries cost him five games played.

Robinson seemed obviously unmotivated playing for a Bears team that went 6-11 this season. The Bears fired Matt Nagy as head coach, and Nagy recently landed in Kansas City as the Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach. It’s worth wondering if the stories of Robinson and Nagy facing off in Chicago might inspire the 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver to choose another destination.

Thursday, the superbowl champion Los Angeles Rams signed Robinson to a three-year contract.

Report: Chiefs sign safety Justin Reid to three-year deal

Monday went on without a signing from Kansas City. But in the early evening, the Chiefs re-signed fullback Michael Burton — and at 9:38 p.m. Arrowhead Time, there was a new chef.

Reid, 25, first entered the league as the Texans’ third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. In 13 games in 2021, Reid compiled 66 tackles (41 solo) , two for a loss, four passes defended and a forced fumble.

Here is a snapshot analysis of Arrowhead’s Pride senior analyst, Ron Kopp:

When Reid came out of Stanford in the 2018 NFL Draft, he was known for his impressive blend of high football IQ and instinctive play. Those skills played a solid starting role for four seasons in Houston, playing primarily as a deep safety — limiting deep completions with exciting range and ball-peddling abilities. The game also shows up closer to the line of scrimmage with a willingness to tackle, but is ultimately stronger defending the back of pass coverage. He should give the Chiefs a starting safety, capable of being the free or strong position in Steve Spagnuolo’s defense.

The move, in all likelihood, marks the end of the Tyrann Mathieu era in Kansas City. Kansas City never offered Mathieu a contract, according to ESPN’Kimberley A. Martin.

Charvarius Ward signs with San Francisco 49ers, says goodbye to KC

Just before 11 p.m., Kansas City’s first pending free agent was signed to another team.

The Chiefs acquired Ward, 25, at the end of training camp in 2018, with general manager Brett Veach shipping offensive lineman Parker Ehinger to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for the cornerback. As it went, Ward would appear in 56 games (including 43 starts) for the Chiefs over four seasons, while Ehinger would never play for the Cowboys after suffering a knee injury.

He tweeted from his personal Twitter account shortly after the 49ers signing announcement.

Ward finished his career with the Chiefs with 222 tackles (168 solo), including three tackles for loss. He also had 29 passes defended, four interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack. His resume features 10 playoff starts, including all three games en route to the Super Bowl LIV championship.

Before the end of the week, the former Chiefs backup center Austin Blythe reportedly signed by Seattle Seahawkswhile the wide receiver Byron Pringle would land with the Bears.

The Chiefs received two compensatory picks in the 2022 NFL Draft

As teams continued to legally tamper with players on Tuesday, we learned that Kansas City will be getting additional picks in the April draft.

The third round comes as a result of the 2C-2A resolution – in this case, personnel manager Ryan Poles leaving the Chiefs to become general manager of the Chicago Bears. The seventh round comes on the heels of free agents lost and won last offseason.

Here are the Chiefs’ nine picks in the 2021 NFL Draft:

Round 1 – #30

Round 2 – No. 62

Round 3 – No. 94

Round 3 – No. 103 (compensatory)

Round 4 – No. 135

Round 7 — No. 233 (of Minnesota in the trade of Mike Hughes)

Round 7 — No. 243 (of New England in trade parting ways with Yasir Durant)

Round 7 – No. 251

Round 7 – No. 259 (compensatory)

Movie review: Justin Reid brings aggression and play to Chiefs defense

Next, Ron Kopp contributed a film review of the team’s newest player.

Reid has the speed, the change of direction and the football IQ to play anywhere the Chiefs want to play him – but that doesn’t mean he should be used to the high level of variety that Mathieu was.

Reid will give the Chiefs a capable starter at one of two traditional starting safety positions and should be a crucial part of the defense of the deep passing game that has become even more important, with Russell Wilson now quarterback for the Chiefs. Denver Broncos.

It shouldn’t be locked into a specific role, but it should also be used intelligently; he’s not the same type of defender that Mathieu might be from the slot or just in general. Overall, Reid has the characteristics of a starter that will rarely give fans reason to complain about his game.

Justin Reid speaks for the first time since joining the Chiefs

And the man himself was interviewed by a Houston television station.

Reid revealed to Berman that he was specifically looking for a three-year contract, so he could be back on the market before he turned 30. He got it from the Chiefs – and it’s his second NFL contract (and his first as a free agent), it meant generational wealth.

“No decision is ever easy, but I tell you what, it’s a good problem to have whenever you’re making decisions with life-changing money that’s been on the table,” he said. said Reid. “When the details were worked out, it was very easy, ‘Yes.’ I’m so excited to get out there, start getting involved in the community, learn the football playbook, and do my part to make an impact and help the Chiefs win another Super Bowl.

Reid continued.

“I don’t know if it hit me all the way. It’s definitely a good feeling,” he added. “There is a lot of blood, sweat, tears and hard work to make this moment possible. It’s really nice, but the work is not finished yet. In fact, the work has just started. I have to going to earn every penny of it, making it worth it for the Hunt family to pick me up.

Frank Clark’s new contract turns out to be even better than we thought

On Monday we learned that the Chiefs had restructured the deal for defensive end Frank Clark – but the precise structure of the agreement was not available until later in the week. John Dixon dug into the details.

For 2022, Clark’s base salary drops from $19 million to just $3.725 million. It’s a pay cut of more than $15 million. But Clark can recoup some of that with a bonus of $75,000 for every game he’s active in — which, over the 17 games of the season, could net him up to an additional $1.275 million. Clark has been active for 12 games in 2021, so only $900,000 of that potential bonus (12 times $75,000) will count toward the salary cap as likely to be won (LTBE).

To entice Clark into accepting this deal, the Chiefs did two things: They fully guaranteed his base salary of $3.725 million and paid him a signing bonus of $4.55 million.

So, Clark’s 2022 cap will be $13.7 million: his base salary of $3.725, half of his new signing bonus ($2.275 million), $5.2 million prorated to the $19 million signing bonus from the original contract, his roster bonus LTBE of $900,000 and a $1.6 million charge prorated against the $6.4 million in cap space the Chiefs won two years ago with Clark’s last contract restructuring.

It means that restructuring cleared $12.6 million of ceiling space for 2022.

Chiefs sign receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to one-year deal

On Friday, the Chiefs had re-signed tight end Jody Fortson and running back Derrick Gore – with replacement quarterback Chad Henne and reserve offensive lineman Andrew Wylie. But the team hadn’t signed another new free agent player – until a former Pittsburgh Steelers player caught on Twitter.

ESPN Yates Estate had the details of the contractwhich comes in a year for $10.75 million.

Smith-Schuster, 25, entered the league as a second-round pick made by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound wide receiver’s best season was 2018, when he had 111 catches, 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns. He was limited to five games last season due to injury – and he had 15 catches for 129 yards in a tough year.

Friday late afternoon, NFL Network Mike Garafolo reported that the base value of the contract was only about $3 million – the remaining $7.75 million coming from incentives.

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