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NFL Capsule: Chiefs at Browns

NFL Capsule: Chiefs at Browns

KANSAS CITY (2-10) At CLEVELAND (4-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Browns by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Kansas City 5-7; Cleveland 7-4-1

SERIES RECORD - Browns lead 33-10-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Chiefs No. 30; Browns No. 25

LAST MEETING - Chiefs beat Browns 16-14, Sept. 9, 2010

LAST WEEK - Chiefs beat Panthers 27-21; Browns beat Raiders 20-17

CHIEFS OFFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (5) PASS (29)

CHIEFS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (26), PASS (9)

BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (25), PASS (20)

BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (16), PASS (24)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Chiefs play first road game since tragedy involving LB Jovan Belcher, who shot girlfriend Kasandra Perkins at their home before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he committed suicide in team's practice facility parking lot. ... Chiefs fought through emotion to beat Panthers last week, hours after Belcher's death. ... Visit to Cleveland a homecoming of sorts for Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, QB Brady Quinn, RB Peyton Hillis and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who all spent time with Browns. ... Quinn had finest game as pro against Panthers, completing 19 of 23 passes for 201 yards and two TDs. Named AFC Player of Week. ... Quinn's 82.6 completion percentage is single-game team record. ... Quinn playing first game against Browns, who drafted him in first round in 2007. ... Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles second in AFC with 87.9 yards rushing per game. ... Browns QB Brandon Weeden passed for season-high 364 yards last week, also team rookie record. ... Browns have allowed only 197 yards rushing in past three games, tied for league low. ... Rookie WR Josh Gordon coming off breakout performance, setting career highs with six receptions for 116 yards. Gordon's five TDs have been for average of 46 yards. He's third in league with 19-yard average per catch. ... Browns RB Trent Richardson second among rookies with 1,166 yards from scrimmage. ... Browns O-line has stayed intact this season, as four starters have played every snap. ... Browns have allowed just 21 sacks. ... Browns have had 10 rookies start at some point this season. ... Browns trying to win three straight games for first time since end of 2009 season.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 26, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Contract makes Alex Smith a Redskins for at least three seasons

This post was originally published on March 19. 

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details. 

Until now. 

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. 

Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer). 

But there I another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million. 

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith but since we have no details we’ll set those aside for now. 

The cap hits on the contract are as follows: 

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022. 

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five. 

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