The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. Chiefs compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference West division.
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The team was founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans by businessman Lamar Hunt and was a charter member of the American Football League. In 1963, the team relocated to Kansas City and assumed their current name. The Chiefs joined the NFL as a result of the merger in 1970. The team is valued at over $2 billion. Hunt’s son, Clark, serves as chairman and CEO. While Hunt’s ownership stakes passed collectively to his widow and children after his death in 2006, Clark represents the Chiefs at all league meetings and has ultimate authority on personnel changes.
New Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo acknowledged after a spirited practice this week that he generally is reluctant to start rookies until they’ve earned their stripes.
“I’m still old-fashioned that way,” Spagnuolo said.
Might be time to enter the modern age.
As part of a vast offseason overhaul of the Kansas City defense, the Chiefs released longtime safety Eric Berry and several other backups. Then, they used a second-round draft pick on Juan Thornhill, hopeful that the big-play ability he showed at Virginia would translate quickly to the NFL.
So far it has.
Of all the youngsters to make an impression in training camp, the ball-hawking centerfielder in the No. 22 jersey stands out. He has made a habit of breaking up passes while covering speedsters Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, and more than once he has baited Patrick Mahomes into an interception.
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a one-year contract with cornerback Morris Claiborne.
Sources informed Yahoo Sports and NFL Network of the pact Thursday. A source told NFL Network Claiborne’s new deal is worth up to $3 million and includes a maximum of $1.5 million in incentives.
Claiborne is suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The 29-year-old defensive back had a career-high 57 tackles in 15 starts last season for the New York Jets. Claiborne also had 14 passes defensed, two interceptions, two tackles for a loss and a touchdown in his final season with the Jets.
The No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft played the first five years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Jets in 2017.
Claiborne has started a combined 30 games since the start of the 2017 season. He has 73 career starts in his seven seasons in the league. He will likely have to compete for a starting job in Kansas City against fellow cornerbacks Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland, who are listed as the Chiefs’ starters on their depth chart.
Free-agent cornerback Morris Claiborne, who received a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, has reportedly reached an agreement with the Kansas City Chiefs on a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the financial details. Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports noted Claiborne is traveling to Kansas City on Thursday night and will have a physical exam Friday.
Claiborne spent the past two seasons with the New York Jets after five years with the Dallas Cowboys, who selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft.
The 29-year-old LSU product tallied 57 total tackles, 14 passes defended and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, in 15 appearances for the Jets in 2018.