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Postby elaine95 » January 15th, 2020, 2:08 am

The Kansas City Chiefs are placing the franchise tag on outside linebacker Dee Ford after the best season of his career Chris Jones Jersey , though that could be just the first step in their dealings with him.The decision was made on Saturday, a person familiar with it told The Associated Press, three days before the league’s deadline for franchising players. But the Chiefs have discussed signing Ford to a long-term deal, and they are open to trade possibilities as they switch their base defenses.The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because the move was not finalized as the paperwork awaited filing. ESPN.com was first to report the Chiefs had made the decision.The franchise tag for an outside linebacker next season is just over $15.4 million, a number the Chiefs could easily fit under the salary cap. But general manager Brett Veach has made it clear since taking over last year that he is open to making any moves that help the overall club.That could mean a long-term contract — the deadline for doing that with a franchise player is July 15 — or trading away one of the league’s top pass rushers.“He had an outstanding season. He was at the top of his game,” Veach said during his year-end discussion with reporters. “When we drafted Dee a few years ago, all those things that we envisioned for him, he kind of showed that he was that player.”But that also came in former defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s scheme, which is built around a 3-4 base. The Chiefs fired Sutton after an AFC West-winning season culminated in an overtime loss to the Patriots Steven Nelson Jersey , and hired Steve Spagnuolo to implement a 4-3 scheme.“The one thing he can do, and we all know this, he is an explosive football player that makes a lot of plays,” Spagnuolo said recently. “He’s had some production and if he is here with us, I’ll be excited to have him and be excited to work with him.”Ford was the Chiefs’ first-round pick in 2014 out of Auburn, but he struggled with injuries and the adjustment to the NFL his first couple seasons. He only played in six games with two sacks in 2017, but had a career-best 13 sacks and forced seven fumbles this past season.That performance made the franchise tag a palatable option.“Obviously, Dee is a player that has done so much for us, in particular last year Nick Allegretti Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys ,” Veach said. “We have a special thing brewing here and I think everyone wants to keep this thing rolling.”The Chiefs also have a decision to make with fellow outside linebacker Justin Houston, who had nine sacks in 12 games last season. He carries a salary cap hit of $21.1 million, a number the Chiefs would like to drive down either by restructuring his deal or potentially releasing him.“I would say that he’s under contract for this year and next year,” Veach said at the NFL’s scouting combine this week. “Again, our plan is to play with him and we look forward to having him on our roster. There’s a lot of dialogue and I think everything is fluid for the next few weeks until we get into the start of the league year. We’ll kind of handle that — the information we get, what’s real, what’s not real — and it’s a good problem to have because he’s a great player.” Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the NFL won't pay for video evidence in cases involving domestic violence, and he defended the league's handling of those investigations.Speaking after owners held their annual winter meeting, Goodell said the NFL's approach to dealing with domestic violence is "extraordinary" and that the league has some of the highest standards of any organization.The NFL came under scrutiny again when surveillance video showed former Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February. Hunt wasn't disciplined before the video was released by TMZ.After the video came out Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys 2019 , Hunt was placed on the commissioner's exempt list, the equivalent of suspending him indefinitely with pay. The Chiefs waived him almost immediately after that.Goodell said the hotel and police in Cleveland declined to release the video to the league."First off, we don't pay for video evidence," Goodell said. "From our standpoint, we think that's not appropriate for a league organization to do that."We obtained material that we have access to. But we're not going to do it by corrupting people or trying to find a way to bribe them into giving us video. That's not what we do."Goodell said the league acted quickly once the video became public."I think what we're doing as a league is extraordinary," Goodell said. "We take this seriously. As a league, I think we've responded very quickly. I think that example is being on the commissioner exempt list. They were off the field within an hour."Todd Jones, the NFL's special counsel for conduct and a former prosecutor, also said he doesn't think the NFL should pay for video evidence."To become mercenary and pay for videos opens up a Pandora's box of all kinds of opportunities and things that may come to us from not just surveillance video in public places or surveillance video in residences Nick Allegretti Jersey nfl draft , but you're talking about the world of social media and everybody on a smartphone," Jones said.The league announced what it said were stronger provisions for the Rooney Rule, which is designed to promote diversity in hiring practices.Among several changes, clubs now must interview at least one candidate of diversity from a list compiled by an advisory panel, or a candidate not currently employed by the team. The league is also requiring teams to keep records and provide them when asked by the commissioner.When Oakland owner Mark Davis hired Jon Gruden before this season, there were questions of whether he followed the Rooney Rule."Obviously it must be necessary in society for some reason. It's never been necessary for the Raiders," Davis said, noting his hiring of general manager Reggie McKenzie, who was fired this week."I don't work like that. But I think if they strengthen it From China Nick Allegretti Jersey , that's great. And we're going to follow that, just as we did last year. It'll be a little more transparent this time."Davis said a lawsuit filed by the city seeking monetary damages over the team's move to Las Vegas was "meritless" and said he hadn't decided whether the Raiders will play in Oakland next season. Davis was noncommittal on potential temporary homes.Davis wouldn't say how much the lawsuit would influence his decision on where to play in 2019. The club's move was further validated by the NFL announcing Wednesday that the 2020 draft will be in Las Vegas, just a few months before the Raiders' debut there."Emotionally, I don't want to pay for my own lawsuit," Davis said. "But for the fans, it's something I've got to think about."
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