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QB Patrick Mahomes agrees to 10-year extension with Chiefs

QB Patrick Mahomes agrees to 10-year extension with Chiefs

The first two years of Patrick Mahomes being the Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback could not have gone any better.

Now, he's getting rewarded for it.

Mahomes has agreed to an incredible 10-year extension to remain with the franchise through the 2031 season, the team confirmed on Monday. ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the news.

The deal with worth $503 million with $140 million guaranteed, which is the richest deal in NFL history.

Mahomes' extension surpasses Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson's annual figure north of $35 million per season. According to Schefter, Mahomes will earn $450 million over that span with a $140 million injury guarantee. For comparison, that is more than MLB's stars Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Gerrit Cole and Nolan Arenado have signed in recent years -- in a sport without a salary cap.

The quarterback enters his fourth NFL season in 2020, coming off his first Super Bowl title where he was named the game MVP. Mahomes threw for a league-best 50 touchdowns in 2018, where he earned MVP honors in his first year as a starter. 

Through three seasons, Mahomes is 24-7 as a starter with 9,412 passing yards, 76 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions. He's totaled 500 rushing yards and four touchdowns with his legs, too.

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Doug Williams says Redskins never discussed signing Colin Kaepernick, likely because of where they play

Doug Williams says Redskins never discussed signing Colin Kaepernick, likely because of where they play

Colin Kaepernick’s name has been thrust into national conversations again recently, as people take to the streets to protest police brutality and racial inequality following the murder of George Floyd.

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, hasn’t played a snap in the NFL since bringing attention to the same issues in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem. His absence from the league has been debated in the years since, but after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s admission that the league was wrong for not previously listening to its players on matters of social justice, people are again calling for a team to hire the former signal caller.

The subject was again broached Friday when former Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, the team's senior VP of player development, joined “The Dan Patrick Show.” Patrick asked whether the Redskins had considered signing Kaepernick in the past. Williams said the conversation never came up, likely due to the city the team represents.

“I think what happened here, we’re in a heavily, heavily military area,” Williams said. “And I think the guy that sits on Pennsylvania Avenue -- 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue -- made such a big stink of it, the fans in this area... might’ve been a tough situation for both the team and [Kaepernick].”

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Williams is referring to President Donald Trump, who at a rally in 2017 called for NFL owners to ‘get that son of a b----’ off the field, referring to players peacefully protesting. 

“You don’t want to bring people into a situation where nobody is going to be happy,” Williams said. “I think that’s probably what happened, why he didn’t come up during that time.”

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But while Williams could see how Washington may not be the ideal landing spot, he agreed with his interviewer that Kansas City could be a good option. Patrick said he thinks the Super Bowl-winning Chiefs under coach Andy Reid would be the best situation for Kaepernick.

“Andy Reid just won a Super Bowl,” Patrick said. “He brought in Michael Vick after he went to prison. You got the most secure position in football with Patrick Mahomes. And you could bring [Kaepernick] in as a backup quarterback just to get him back in the game. And then maybe he gets a fair shot with somebody after that.”

Williams responded by speaking glowingly about Reid, and recalled a time he asked the former Eagles coach why he decided to give Vick a second chance.

“He told me, he was as real as real can get; he had two sons, and they had gotten in a little trouble,” Williams said. “He said, ‘hey, my son got in trouble.’ He said, ‘everybody deserves a second chance.’ And you know what, that was good enough for me. And I think if anybody could stomach that and handle Kaepernick and mentor him and understand where he’s coming from, it would be Andy Reid.”

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Ravens will be right there with the Chiefs in 2020, according to Peter King

Ravens will be right there with the Chiefs in 2020, according to Peter King

Everybody wants to be number one, but sometimes being number two is still a compliment; especially for the Baltimore Ravens.

With the release of NBC Sports Peter King’s 2020 NFL Power Rankings, the Ravens find themselves sitting behind only one team in the league, the Kansas City Chiefs. It makes sense, right? The Chiefs are the defending NFL Super Bowl champs.

Like the Chiefs, the Ravens are one of the most exciting teams in the league to watch, and they won their division with their own MVP quarterback, Lamar Jackson. But unlike them, the Ravens finished the 2019 regular season at 14-2, good for two more wins than the Chiefs. So how do the Chiefs manage to sit atop King’s Power Rankings? It’s simple…the Super Bowl!

Had it not been for the streaking Tennessee Titans, led by the Bo Jackson reincarnate Derrick Henry, who laid the Ravens season to rest with a 28-12 drubbing in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, we might have caught lightning in a bottle for the conference championship game. Fate had something different in mind. 

The Titans would go on to face the Chiefs in the AFC Conference Championship with a Super Bowl victory for the Chiefs, soon thereafter. The Ravens season would come to an end. They now find themselves searching for a new approach in order to unseat the Chiefs for the Lombardi Trophy. 

According to King’s report, the Ravens must first hope that quarterback Lamar Jackson improves; if that’s even possible given his MVP performance from last season. In addition, replacing newly-retired guard Marshall Yanda with comparable talent must remain a high priority. Either of the Ravens fourth-round picks, guards Ben Powers or Ben Bredeson, should address that. However, in-home improvements might not be sufficient enough to maintain the gap between the Ravens and the rest of the AFC North division.

The return of a healthy Ben Roethlisberger to the Steelers and the addition of first-overall pick Joe Burrow to the Bengals should result in a more competitive division. In response, the Ravens have continued bolstering their defense with the addition of defensive end Calais Campbell who was acquired in an off-season trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

And yet the gifts keep coming. The Ravens' 2020 NFL schedule is favorable, particularly down the stretch with their final five games against teams that didn’t make the playoffs last season. Talk about finishing in stride!

All things considered, King predicts the Ravens finishing the 2020 regular season at 13-3, and that is good enough to land them at number two on his 2020 Power Rankings.

We are now only two months and a handful of days from the Baltimore Ravens pre-season home-opener on August 14th against the Buffalo Bills.

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