The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs wanted a playmaking security and signed coveted free agent Tyrann Mathieu.
They wanted assist at cornerback and signed Bashaud Breeland and Morris Claiborne.
They needed to handle the go rush and prolonged the contract of defensive finish Frank Clark.
That aggressive method to roster turnover speaks volumes in regards to the job Chiefs normal supervisor Brett Veach has executed in Kansas Metropolis. But it surely additionally speaks volumes to the truth that the Chiefs, for years a franchise that struggled to lure prime expertise on the open market towards higher-profile groups, has turn out to be a vacation spot for gamers in search of playoff glory and Tremendous Bowl rings.
“I needed to come back to a crew that had nice expertise, nice core gamers,” defined Mathieu, who signed a $42 million, three-year contract in March. “Any time you possibly can play for a company that has an incredible historical past and clearly an incredible quarterback that is actually going to take this league over, actually by storm — actually this was a no brainer for me and my household.”
Actually, which may be the most important motive everybody appears to need to play in Kansas Metropolis: the distinctive mixture of an modern gamers’ coach in Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whose record-setting debut because the starter portends postseason success for years to come back.
“They have a great ball membership and one of the best offense within the league,” stated Claiborne, a former first-round draft choose who signed a $three million deal late final week.
The fantastic thing about that mindset amongst gamers, at the very least from the Chiefs’ perspective, is that it creates a snowball impact. High gamers need to play for a great crew, making a great crew even higher.
The most important pitfall of the Chiefs a yr in the past, after they misplaced to the Patriots in extra time within the AFC title recreation, was their much-maligned protection. However take into account their quartet of high-profile additions: All of them reside on that facet of the ball, shoring up the most important weak point.
They’ve made a crew that has gained three consecutive AFC West titles even stronger.
“I simply received completed enjoying with Aaron Rodgers,” stated Breeland, who performed a part of final season in Inexperienced Bay, “and to me (Mahomes) is sort of a youthful model of Rodgers with much more attributes. Younger guys are beginning to propel in another way nowadays. He is an thrilling participant and I am simply able to compete towards him. I do know that if I can ball towards him at observe, then I can play towards anyone.”
Claiborne was lately suspended the primary 4 video games of the common season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse coverage. So not solely was he in search of a spot the place he might win after common seasons with the Cowboys and Jets, he was in search of a spot that might give him a second probability.
Similar to the Chiefs have given to Mathieu, who was kicked off the crew at LSU earlier than changing into an NFL star, and Clark, who likewise was booted off his faculty crew earlier than Seattle drafted him.
Each have steered away from bother within the league, however each — like broad receiver Tyreek Hill and a number of other others which have come by Kansas Metropolis — carry baggage.
“They knew what I used to be going by and so they needed to assist me by it,” Claiborne stated. “That was part of the explanation that basically made up my thoughts as I need to come right here. These guys not solely care about me as a soccer participant, however as a person and as an individual.”
Gamers across the league are conscious of the tradition and success in Kansas Metropolis, too. Claiborne stated Mathieu, his outdated faculty teammate, referred to as him not way back to stump for him signing with the Chiefs.
It was a gross sales pitch that’s changing into more and more pointless.
NOTES: DE Frank Clark missed observe Tuesday with an sickness. … WR Gehrig Dieter (again), WR Davon Grayson (knee), TE John Lovette (shoulder) and CB D’Montre Wade (knee) didn’t observe. DE Alex Okafor (hip) took half in most of observe earlier than heading to the locker room early.