The Chiefs are closing in on preseason game number two, and they have some decisions to make.
CHIEFS WANT TO RE-SIGN MATHIEU, BUT…
All of the talk this off-season, and into training camp, has been about a new contract for Tyrann Mathieu. He’s entering the final year of his contract. So naturally, Chiefs fans are concerned about Mathieu leaving the team after this season. He is the person many associate with the improvement in the defense that helped the team win the Super Bowl in 2020.
On Wednesday, Chiefs GM Brett Veach said that the team would like to sign Mathieu to a contract extension, but the timing is not right now. Veach pointed out that the salary cap is $30 million less than what they expected because of covid, and the cap next year is currently $15 million less than expected.
Veach is planning on Orlando Brown Jr. having a good year. He is making plans to have Brown back on a franchise tag, but hopes to extend Brown which would open up cap space.
But it’s tricky to work out a deal with Mathieu right now. Things will be much more clear after the season. Some players will be moving on. Some contracts will be restructured. After that happens, Veach will know better what he can spend on Mathieu. But will Mathieu take kindly to having to play this season without a guarantee of a new deal?
So while most of us expected a deal to be done before the season, that apparently won’t happen. All of the risk is now on Mathieu. An injury or a poor season due to age, or any other reason, could make the Chiefs re-think the decision to extend him. And we know Mathieu does not like being in this situation. Don’t listen to him. Read him on Twitter. He’s not happy.
Enjoy this season with Mathieu. It could be his last in Kansas City.
NCAA CHANGE PROCESS BEGINS
The committee put in charge of deciding the future of the NCAA has started its work. They are releasing an outline of the process they will take and let interested parties know how they can provide input. The committee is also distributing a survey next week. They will provide a draft of their plan in November. The NCAA wants a final proposal by December 15 in hopes of voting on the changes in January.
CHIEFS SECOND GAME AND ROSTER CUTS
Training camp ended Wednesday. The Chiefs now move back to Kansas City for the rest of the preseason.
Andy Reid said that starters will play about half of the game on Friday. If it goes like the first game, expect Patrick Mahomes to be pulled early in the second quarter.
The Chiefs had to cut the roster from 90 to 85 players Tuesday. They did so by waiving TE Evan Baylis, WR Antonio Callaway, and DB Manny Paterson. Baylis and Callaway cleared waivers and will be placed on injured reserve list. Manny Patterson also cleared waivers and became a free agent. They also placed WR Chad Williams and RB Elijah McGuire on injured reserve. Teams have to cut down to 80 players next week and 53 the week after that. As a reminder, players placed on injured reserve in the preseason are not eligible to return during the season.
BIG 12 SETS RULES FOR FORFEITURES
The Big 12 conference announced Tuesday that teams will forfeit games if they do not have enough players available. The Big 12 is not the first organization to implement this kind of policy. Clearly, this is in response to covid, even though the conference said the forfeitures could be for any reason.
MLB AND MLBPA DISCUSS CBA
Major League Baseball and the players association recently met to discuss the next CBA. The current deal ends on December 1. In the discussions, MLB proposed a salary floor of $100 million as well as a lowering of the tax on teams starting at $180 million instead of the current $210 million. The MLBPA will of course oppose the lower starting tax as it reduces incentive for teams to spend money. MLB is trying to say that a salary floor will increase spending by teams like the Royals and will more than makeup for the lower $180 million tax level.
Ultimately it’s just the beginning of a long negotiation. If the two sides don’t agree on a new CBA by December 1, the off-season calendar will be pushed back and an owner lockout is possible. I would expect to see this happen most years. Will it happen with the sport still reeling from reduced revenues because of covid losses in 2020? My guess is that the lockout will happen. So, with so many things up in the air pending the new CBA, the off-season will likely be slower than normal until this is resolved.
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