The league’s willingness to hold the draft outside of the Big Apple inspired the Chiefs to pursue hosting the event, so much so that the team is sending a delegation to Philadelphia to understand the draft’s logistics.
“We’ll have representatives there to look at how they do it, to make sure the league knows we’re serious and we are serious about learning and making it a great experience,” Donovan said. “We’ve been open and consistent in our communication with the league that the draft is something we definitely want to pursue, so I think we’re well-positioned there.”
For the Chiefs, it’s a flier on a name player, turning 30 in August, who once had game. Andy Reid is a master at finding a role for every player, so if Spiller can prove he’s finally healthy, the Chiefs are a good landing spot for the aging back.
We aren’t holding out hope this signing leads to production this fall. The addition is low-cost insurance for a backfield headlined by Spencer Ware and backup Charcandrick West, both of whom signed deals last season. The big question heading into the new league year is whether the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, Jamaal Charles, will remain with the team — likely not at his current salary. If K.C. moves on from Charles, Spiller has a chance to snag a backup gig.
The exorbitant salary-cap hit by tagging Berry isn’t the only factor for the Chiefs to consider when making that decision. Dontari Poe is also set to be a free agent, leaving the team with a potential dilemma if they can’t get one signed before free agency.
The Chiefs also currently only have $4.7 million in cap space for 2017, per OverTheCap.com, which could lead to some tough decisions for the K.C. brass to make — the money issues are one reason many believe Jamaal Charles won’t be back next season, certainly not at his current salary.
Coach Andy Reid offered similar sentiments: “I’ve been privileged to work with a lot of talented players over the years, and Jamaal Charles ranks up there with the great ones. I appreciate the way he came to work every day, he gave us everything he had day-in and day-out. I’ve said it before, I think he’s a future Hall of Famer.”
For the first time in his career, Charles will have the ability to test his value on the open market. The back was due roughly $7 million in 2017, the final year of his third contract. However, with viable backfield options in Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller in tow and with Eric Berry and cheap jerseys and Dontari Poe garnering high salary-cap numbers in ’17, Charles became expendable.
Week after week, they win the turnover margin. They get big plays from their secondary. Andy Reid cooks up creative plays that get his playmakers shockingly open. And then Tyreek Hill does the rest.
“The formula isn’t that hard,” said longtime Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali. “We have to win all three phases. We don’t have one of those teams where we’re just going to dominate on offense. When you have guys that want to put everything into winning special teams, winning offense and winning defense, we are really hard to beat.”
This year’s Chiefs have excelled at finding different ways to win games. What they haven’t done often is what they did against a defense as elite as Denver’s. The Chiefs ran the ball for 238 yards. They threw it for another 246. The big plays were there as well, as rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill produced a 70-yard touchdown run and tight end Travis Kelce scored on an 80-yard pass play.
This wasn’t the same Kansas City offense that had been known for its inconsistency earlier this year. This was a unit that suddenly looked explosive and dangerous, especially because it lit up a defense known for stifling its opponents.