Welcome to another Mailbag Monday!
It is now June, which means that we are two months away from preseason football, and three months away from the real deal.
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Will the coronavirus have an impact on opening day games? – Russell Wiers, Facebook
It is hard to imagine it wouldn’t. While COVID-19 has lost steam in the media in light of recent events, it seems to be sticking around, creating a new normal in our gyms, restaurants, and grocery stores.
The NFL has had the luxury of having this happen in the offseason, as opposed to the NBA and NHL, which had to suspend the season, and the MLB, which had to hit the brakes just before starting. The MLB is now having their own problems starting up, but that is another topic for another day.
With some medical experts questioning if the Olympics next summer will have fans, it is hard to imagine NFL games having fans this fall. That being said, the NFL has plenty of time to put a plan in place that would allow games to be played.
The banner ceremony we all have been waiting could happen in an empty stadium.
I can see where the comparisons come from. Love drew comparisons to Mahomes out of Utah State, given his unorthodox style of quarterback play. He is also seemingly winding up in a similar situation that Mahomes was in in 2017, backing up and learning from Aaron Rodgers.
In late February, ESPN’s Todd McShay had this to say on First Take:
“Patrick Mahomes is a comparison, only because they work off of instinct and because they’re able to adjust and they don’t care about working reps in terms of getting the ball out here, here and here. They just do it instinctively and naturally.”
He’s goes on to point out how both tend to “break the rules.”
Mahomes would be Love’s ceiling, and Love would have to sit and learn behind Rodgers to hone his game and develop the consistency and IQ needed to be an NFL quarterback. That is exactly what the Packers are hoping for.
Who wins the Chiefs backup QB job? – CJ Jones, Arrowhead Live Staff
If there is a competition for the QB2 spot, it would be between Chad Henne and recently-signed Jordan Ta’amu. When brought in, many expected Ta’amu to be QB3, but if he impresses in camp, he could give Henne a run for his money.
Personally, it was hard to see Matt Moore go after he went 2-1 in the three games Mahomes went down. Moore played great in all three games, even the loss to Green Bay. After the loss, the Minnesota win was huge for a team that at the time was only 5-3.
Would the Chiefs trading for Jets safety Jamal Adams be so crazy that it’d almost be sneakily ingenious? – Keaton Henry, Arrowhead Live Editor-in-Chief
We all know Brett Veach can work some magic, but wouldn’t this be amazing?
Adding Jamal Adams isn’t a need for the Chiefs, who already have Tyrann Mathieu, Juan Thornhill, and Daniel Sorenson, but with rumors rampant Veach may kick the tires.
Even if the Chiefs were to make an offer, and if it was the best offer the Jets received, would they send one of the best young players in football to the defending champions who reside in their own conference? Probably not, but it is fun to think about.
All three are due for an extension, but Prescott will make the most money in 2020 off the tag, around $31 million dollars. Mahomes and Watson are on their rookie deals and have had their fifth-year options picked up by their teams.
In terms of extending them, the Cowboys have already made offers to Prescott, and they still seem set to negotiate. The Chiefs have begun to talk with Mahomes, and the Texans probably aren’t too far behind.
Mahomes will probably get the most out of the three, but who signs before the other will dictate the other starting points. You have to think four or five years is the length and at least $150 million for each, with Mahomes potentially hitting $200 million. While those cap hits will be massive, all three teams will likely accept that as a price to pay for franchise quarterbacks.
With a lot of money locked up into the QB, the draft will be critical to adding cheap talent to these rosters, as well as cheaper, shorter deals in free agency for veterans and depth players. They won’t be able to spend $80 million every offseason.