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KANSAS CITY Christian Okoye Jersey , Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs are already planning their future around signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a long-term contract, even though the NFL MVP won’t be eligible to sign an extension until after next season.Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said during a wide-ranging interview Thursday that some of the financial decisions made dating back to last offseason were done with Mahomes in mind, such as the way the franchise structured contracts and how they approached free agency and the draft.“We were prepared for Pat to have success and be a franchise quarterback,” Veach said, “so this process of structuring ourselves for the next three, four, five years started about a year ago.”In the ensuing 12 months, the Chiefs traded incumbent quarterback Alex Smith to Washington and handed the job to Mahomes, who threw for more than 5,000 yards along with 50 touchdown passes while leading the club to its third straight AFC West title and the conference championship game.The Chiefs lost in overtime to the Patriots, a defeat made even more frustrating by the fact that Kansas City lost the coin flip and Mahomes never had a chance with the ball in the extra session.Off the field, Mahomes has become one of the NFL’s biggest stars.With his moppy Mohawk, earnest attitude and game-changing ability, Mahomes became must-watch TV by the end of the season. He had the eighth-best selling jersey in the NFL, has been courted by a wave of sponsors and has led Las Vegas odds-makers to peg the Chiefs as Super Bowl favorites next season.Some suggest Mahomes could ultimately sign the first $200 million contract in NFL history when he is eligible for an extension after next season.“Even last year, we were putting a plan together,” Veach said. “I think we have a good plan Marcus Allen Jersey , and everything we do structure-wise will allow for necessary room moving forward.”Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers set the market with a four-year, $134 million extension last offseason, while Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan signed a five-year, $150 million deal. Rodgers has the average highest salary while Ryan had the highest signing guarantee of $94.5 million.Whatever it takes, Veach is intent on making sure the Chiefs have flexibility to do it.“Obviously, there’s tremendous talent, and we had seen, obviously, a chance to see a lot of his work in college, and we saw all last year,” Veach said. “You knew it was inevitable it was coming. But what surprised me was the ease at which he did it. Even great players when they’re young, you anticipate a wall at some point after seven, eight weeks, but there was never really a time.”BASKETBALL CAUTIONVideo of Mahomes making a slick spin move during a pickup basketball game went viral this week, and Veach said he’s already spoken to his quarterback about being careful off the field.“It was obviously a light-hearted discussion,” he said. “The problem with Pat is he does everything 100 mph and so dang competitive. I was like, ‘Hey Larry Johnson Jersey , man, you’re breaking a lot of ankles out there. Don’t break your own.’ And he was like, ‘No, no, we got that.'”STAR SAFETYEric Berry hardly played last season because of a mysterious heel injury, though he was on the field for the AFC title game. Veach said the highly paid safety would discuss with doctors and the training staff whether to have surgery this offseason.“There’s so much medical information they are working through,” he said. “They’re going through all the postseason evals and exams and then sit down and put together a plan.”THE LINEBACKERSThe Chiefs are expected to switch from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, and that could cause big personnel decisions. Veteran linebacker Justin Houston has the Chiefs’ biggest salary cap number at $21.1 million next season, while top pass rusher Dee Ford could be a candidate for the franchise tag as he hits free agency.“We are running a different scheme now and we started the process Monday of going through the roster, giving you a pure feel of strengths, weaknesses, where we can get better,” Veach said. “Dee is a player that has done so much for us. We’re excited about bringing him back.”OTHER CONTRACTSDefensive tackle Chris Jones and wide receiver Tyreek Hill are eligible for contract extensions this offseason, and Veach said those discussions could begin at the NFL combine.“We’ll have a lot of dialogue with their agents,” he said. “We want them to be here. I’m sure they want to be here and we want to keep this rolling.”HUNT’S FUTUREVeach danced around the question of whether the Chiefs would ever sign running back Kareem Hunt, whom they cut midway through the season after video surfaced of him kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel. Hunt remains on the commissioner’s exempt list, but other teams have expressed an interest in the former NFL rushing champion.“Our focus and our hopes with Kareem is he’s able to take the steps necessary to get his life in order Joe Montana Jersey , and do the right things,” Veach said. “Everything else after that is not as important.” NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal got some things right, and others wrong" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteArrowhead PrideArrowhead Pride | Kansas City Chiefs Schedule, News, Roster and StatsLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpSeriesLatest NewsFanpostsFanshotsCommunityAboutStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteSeries Stagner ThingsLottery Tickets ’19Summer of SpagsDixon’s MailbagLatest News Fanposts Most recentMost activeFanshots Community Community GuidelinesContactAbout StubHub ✕Five thoughts on NFL.com’s prediction of Chiefs’ 2019 startersNew,146commentsNFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal got some things right, and others wrongCDTShareTweetShareShareFive thoughts on NFL.com’s prediction of Chiefs’ 2019 startersPhoto by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesNFL.com writer Gregg Rosenthal has been going through the league, making predictions about the starting rosters for all 32 teams in 2019.Still to come are his predictions for the NFC West and NFC South, but he’s now weighed in on all the AFC teams — including the Kansas City Chiefs.Rosenthal’s prediction for the Chiefs offense:Thought 1: Rosenthal’s take on the wide receiver group is both right and wrong.As Pete noted on these pages Monday, with each passing day, it seems more likely that Tyreek Hill will be a member of the Chiefs in 2019.But it also seems likely that he will miss some time; for now, he’s not involved in team activities and could face a suspension from the league for at least some of 2019’s games.Rosenthal has this part right: every receiver on the team will likely move up a spot on the depth chart for at least the opening weeks of the season.But I disagree with Rosenthal’s depth chart.As Pete said on Tuesday, Mecole Hardman is more likely to make the team as a kick returner.That isn’t to say he won’t see snaps at wide receiver. He will.As Rosenthal himself noted in another comment, NFL Network’s James Palmer reported the Chiefs forsee a significant role for Hardman come Week 1.But that doesn’t necessarily mean Hardman will start.Just as in Hill’s rookie season, he’ll likely see snaps at wideout as he learns Reid’s system.That means Gehrig Dieter, Marcus Kemp and (strong side) and Will (weak side) linebacker positions; he doesn’t even guess which side Anthony Hitchens will be on.Instead, he opts to list the players who will be in on the nickel sub-package Len Dawson Jersey , with Charvarius Ward as the third cornerback.Rosenthal has a point, sort of; the Chiefs are likely to be in nickel more often than their base 4-3 defense.But that doesn’t mean that Sam and Will linebackers aren’t going to be listed as starters on the official record. Unlike Rosenthal, I think we’ll see Hitchens at Mike (middle linebacker) with Reggie Ragland behind him.I believe Damien Wilson and Dorian O’Daniel will be the likely starters at Sam and Will respectively; Jeremiah Attaochu and Ben Niemann are likely to back them up.Thought 5: I’m tired of analysts saying the secondary looks like a “weakness.”Really? More of this secondary looks like a “weakness” nonsense?In 2018, the Chiefs secondary was roughly average against the pass — and that was with their starting safety Eric Berry on the sidelines with whatever-that-was, an aging Ron Parker taking his place, and then a parade of stopgap players trying to take up the slack on the back end.By themselves, the additions of Tyrann Mathieu and second-round pick Juan Thornhill should improve it.While the cornerbacks were no one’s idea of shutdown corners, they held their own, and actually performed well with little help from the safeties; the Chiefs ranked 12th in opponent passer rating on the season, and far better against primary wide receivers than against slot receivers, tight ends and running backs; I’ve already weighed in with these numbers. The only thing the Chiefs did at corner in the offseason (so far) was to exchange Steven Nelson for Bashaud Breeland.This move was a wash; they are pretty equivalent players.In his last full season with the Washington Redskins, Breeland played at a level quite similar to Nelson in 2018.To be sure, Breeland didn’t play well during half a season in Green Bay last year, but he’s already acknowledged that missing training camp and half a season was a mistake; he clearly regrets his tour of NFL training camps looking for a team willing to replace the $24 million Carolina Panthers deal that was voided when he failed the physical.
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