- The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia outlines six possible trades that could still happen this year, including the Giants trading a fourth-round pick for Chargers CB Desmond King.
- Kapadia notes King has been passed by new CB Chris Harris as the starting nickel corner and is just looking at a situational role in Los Angeles’ dime defense as he plays out his rookie deal in 2020, so it makes sense for the Chargers to try and get a pick for him.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins took one for the team this offseason. Originally scheduled to make $16 million this year, Watkins reduced his base salary to $9 million and converted the rest into an incentive package that created $5 million in cap space for Kansas City. The Chiefs needed room to sign QB Patrick Mahomes and DT Chris Jones to their respective mammoth extensions, and Watkins had no problem stepping aside if it meant he could still play on the team.
“I think I’ve made enough money,” Watkins said via Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star. “I mean … I love more money, but as far as being smart and educated on this team, knowing that you gotta pay Pat, you gotta pay Chris, you got a lot of guys you gotta pay. For me to take a contract like I did was a blessing. Really just showing the world it’s not all about money. This is my happy place. Why not take a smaller contract and come out and play with the guys I’ve been playing with?”
- The Athletic’s Tashan Reed says Raiders DT Maurice Hurst will likely be the third tackle on the depth chart behind Johnathan Hankins and Maliek Collins, but Hurst could push Collins for playing time.
- Reed expects the Raiders to start veteran free-agent signing CB Prince Amukamara at corner and gradually phase in first-round CB Damon Arnette.
- Reed notes Raiders S Damarious Randall and incumbent S Erik Harris will compete for the starting free safety job, with the former corner Randall potentially being a better fit next to strong safety Johnathan Abram.