LB Johnson signs one-day deal, retires as Chief
Kansas City signed longtime linebacker Derrick Johnson to a one-day contract on Wednesday so he could retire as a Chief.Johnson, 36, played his first 13 seasons with the Chiefs before playing six games with the Oakland Raiders in 2018.The four-time Pro Bowl selection and 2011 first-team All-Pro played in 182 games (169 starts) for Kansas City, registering a franchise-record 1,151 tackles, with 14 interceptions and 27.5 sacks.
Attorney for Hill denies client abused child in letter to NFL
The attorney for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill sent the NFL a four-page letter Thursday, a detailed denial of child abuse allegations made against his client.In the letter obtained by ESPN, attorney N. Trey Pettlon accused Hill's fianc�e, Crystal Espinal, of abusing the couple's 3-year-old son.Espinal secretly recorded a conversation she had with Hill that was broadcast last week by Kansas City station KCTV.Espinal said in the recording, "He kept saying 'Daddy punches me,' which you do when he starts crying. What do you do? You make him open up his arms, and you punch him in the chest."Pettlon wrote in the letter, "He (Hill) categorically denies he has ever 'punched' his son in the chest or anywhere on his body, or otherwise touched him in the chest in a mean-spirited manner or as a form of discipline."Pettlon explained there have been times when Hill has tapped his son on the chest and told him to "man up, buddy" or "don't cry, my man," but denied Hill has grabbed his son's arms as part of any discipline and further denied Hill played any part in their son suffering a broken arm. He noted the records at the hospital where the child was treated labeled the broken arm an accident.The attorney does not deny the audio in question is of Hill and Espinal, but does challenge Espinal's assertion on the recording that the child in question is "terrified" of Hill. Pettlon also called a comment Hill made on the recording, "You need to be terrified of me, too, b----," inexcusable.The child is not living with either parent after being removed by the Kansas Department for Children and Families last month.Authorities have been investigating incidents -- one on March 5 for alleged child abuse and neglect, and one on March 14 for alleged battery -- at Hill's home in Overland Park, Kan. Both police reports indicated a juvenile was involved.Kansas City Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said Saturday that he and the front office were "deeply disturbed" by the audio, but offered no explanation as to why the team has not released him.
Report: LB Johnson to retire as member of Chiefs
All-Pro linebacker Derrick Johnson will sign a one-day contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, then retire, 610 Sports Radio reported Thursday.Johnson is expected to sign the contract next week.Now 36, he was the Chiefs' first-round draft pick, No. 15 overall, in 2005. He played 13 seasons for Kansas City, and in 182 games (169 starts), he had 1,151 tackles, 14 interceptions, 27.5 sacks and 40 quarterback hits.
RB Charles to join Chiefs, retire
Jamaal Charles plans to sign a ceremonial contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, then formally announce his retirement from the NFL.Charles spent 11 seasons in the NFL after the Chiefs drafted him 73rd overall out of Texas in 2008. Charles rushed for 7,563 yards and had 2,593 receiving yards on 310 career catches.He's fourth all-time among players with at least 750 carries with a 5.4 yards-per-carry average.Charles is the Chiefs' all-time leading rusher with 7,260 yards in a Kansas City uniform.
Report: NFL considering exempt list for Chiefs' Hill
The NFL is considering putting Tyreek Hill on the commissioner's exempt list as early as this week, amid an ongoing criminal investigation surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs wideout, ESPN reported late Sunday night.Overland Park (Kan.) Police reopened an investigation -- regarding an injury to the child of Hill and his fiancee, Crystal Espinal -- after a local TV station on Thursday revealed an audiotape in which Hill threatens Espinal while the couple discuss their son's injuries.The commissioner's exempt list isn't typically used during the offseason, but the league is considering making an exception in this case, ESPN reported. The report adds that the NFL has the full audiotape.The league has normally used the exempt designation when a legal situation or allegations against a player surface during the season, effectively suspending the player indefinitely (with pay) until the situation reaches a resolution. The NFL also conducts an investigation of its own during that time, determining if punishment is merited.If Hill is placed on the list, he would be barred from team activities. But the Chiefs already suspended Hill from team activities -- he participated in workouts earlier this offseason -- following the emergence of the audiotape on Thursday. During the 11-minute audio clip, Espinal accuses Hill of breaking their son's arm, and Hill tells Espinal she should be "terrified" of him.On Wednesday, the district attorney's office had declined charges against Hill and Espinal, saying that despite the belief a crime had been committed, there was no evidence as to who committed it. The case was reopened upon the emergence of the audiotape.
Kansas City Chiefs draft review
Kansas City Chiefs draft review2 (56). Mecole Hardman, WR: 5-10, 187, Georgia2 (63). Juan Thornhill, S: 6-0, 205, Virginia3 (84). Khalen Saunders, DT: 6-0, 324, Western Illinois6 (201). Rashad Fenton, CB: 5-11, 193, South Carolina6 (214). Darwin Thompson, RB: 5-8, 198, Utah St.7 (216). Nick Allegretti, G: 6-4, 310, Illinois
Chiefs' Hunt: Team will make 'right decision' about Hill
Kansas City Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said Saturday that he and the front office remain "deeply disturbed" by an audio in which wide receiver Tyreek Hill is heard threatening his fiancee, but offered no explanation as to why the team has not released him.Speaking briefly at the team's annual draft party, Hunt said he couldn't elaborate further because of the ongoing investigation.In November, the Chiefs moved swiftly to release running back Kareem Hunt after TMZ posted a video showing him kicking and shoving a woman in a Cleveland hotel.Since audiotape emerged on Thursday night in which Hill's fiancee, Crystal Espinal, accuses him of breaking their son's arm and he threatens her in return, the Chiefs banned Hill from participating in team activities but have not cut ties with him."I'd just point out that Tyreek is not with the franchise right now and we're going to go through the process," Hunt told reporters. "We'll make the right decision about Tyreek at the right time."
Chiefs make trade for DE Clark official
The Kansas City Chiefs officially announced their acquisition of defensive end Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.The deal, which was reported Tuesday, sent the 29th overall pick in Thursday's first round and a 2020 second-round pick to the Seahawks. The teams also swapped 2019 third-round picks, with the Chiefs moving up eight spots from No. 92 overall to No. 84."We believe Frank is a premier player in this league and an elite pass rusher," Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement. "In his four seasons in Seattle, he established himself as a leader in the locker room, and we're looking forward to bringing him here to help our defense.""We're happy to add Frank to our team," head coach Andy Reid added in a statement. "Competing against him and watching his film, you can see how physical and impressive he is in both the run and the pass game. He's young and has consistently played at a high level since he entered the league."The team's announcement did not mention any signing of a new contract, but it did include a photo of Clark putting pen to paper. According to multiple reports Tuesday, Clark agreed to a five-year, $105.5 million contract with $63.5 million guaranteed as part of the trade.
D.A. declines charges against Chiefs WR Hill
The Johnson County (Kan.) district attorney's office announced Wednesday it will not file charges against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill or his fiancee following an investigation into two March incidents at the couple's home involving the couple's 3-year-old son."We believe a crime has occurred," District Attorney Stephen Howe said. "However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime."It bothers us when we see something that's happened to a child like this and we can't do anything about it," he later added.Howe said the criminal investigation has been closed, although the child protection investigation is continuing. Any new information to emerge could reopen the criminal investigation, with a five-year statute of limitations in Kansas."We feel we're at an impasse at this point, and any further investigation would be unnecessary or unwarranted," Howe said.Authorities had been investigating incidents -- one on March 5 for child abuse and neglect, and one on March 14 for battery -- at Hill's home in Overland Park, Kan. Both police reports indicated a juvenile was involved.Hill, 25, and his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, were listed on the March 5 police report as "others involved." On the March 14 report, Espinal was listed as "others involved," with a juvenile listed as the victim.The Kansas City Star reported previously that the couple's son suffered a broken arm in the incident. The Star also reported earlier this week that the boy was recently removed from his parents' custody, as part of a family court process called a "child in need of care" case.
Chiefs’ Hill releases statement about child abuse probe
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill released a statement through his lawyers Thursday, a day after the district attorney's office announced it would not bring charges against him for child abuse and neglect."I love and support my family above anything. My son's health and happiness is my number one priority. I want to thank the Kansas City Chiefs, my attorneys, my agent and my union for supporting me through this. My focus remains on working hard to be the best person for my family and our community I can be, and the best player to help our team win," Hill said in the statement.Kansas City District Attorney Stephen Howe on Wednesday said he believes a crime resulting in injury happened to Hill's son, but that the evidence couldn't support a charge against Hill or the child's mother.Hill's attorneys Thursday insisted he is "innocent of any crime.""Contrary to media reports, Tyreek cooperated with law enforcement, waived his Fifth Amendment rights, and answered questions from both law enforcement and DCF," Hill's attorneys said in the release.Authorities had been investigating incidents -- one on March 5 for child abuse and neglect, and one on March 14 for battery -- at Hill's home in Overland Park, Kan. Both police reports indicated a juvenile was involved.
Reports: Chiefs acquire Seahawks' Clark, agree on $105M deal
The Seattle Seahawks agreed to trade franchise-tagged defensive end Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2019 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick and a swap of 2019 third-round picks, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.Clark, who must pass a physical for the trade to become official, has also agreed in principle with the Chiefs on a five-year, $105.5 million contract with $63.5 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports.The Seahawks tagged Clark earlier this offseason, and both sides expressed a desire to keep him in Seattle long-term, but multiple outlets reported over the weekend that he could be dealt before the draft was set to begin Thursday.The Seahawks now have two first-round picks -- their own at No. 21 and the Chiefs' at No. 29.Clark, who turns 26 in June, was set to make $17.1 million on the franchise tag in 2019. He posted career highs of 13 sacks and 27 quarterback hits last season while starting all 16 games for the first time in his career.The Chiefs traded their own franchise-tagged edge rusher, Dee Ford, to the San Francisco 49ers earlier this offseason, receiving a second-round pick in return. Ford, deemed an imperfect fit as Kansas City switches from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, signed a five-year, $85.5 million extension with the 49ers after the trade.Kansas City also released long-time edge rusher Justin Houston this offseason, before signing former New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor in free agency and trading for Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.Clark has 35 sacks and 72 QB hits through 62 games (33 starts) over four seasons since being drafted in the second round by Seattle in 2015.
Report: Son of Chiefs' Hill removed from parents' custody
The son of Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill was recently removed from the custody of Hill and the boy's mother, The Kansas City Star reported Thursday evening, amid an investigation into two March incidents.According to The Star, the Kansas Department for Children and Families would not confirm the child's removal from custody. The report adds that Hill and the boy's mother -- Crystal Espinal, Hill's fiancee -- are in a family court process called a "child in need of care" case, which evaluates a child's safety and care and can result in removal from parental custody.Authorities have been investigating incidents -- one on March 5 for child abuse and neglect, and one on March 14 for battery -- at Hill's home in Overland Park, Kan. Both police reports indicated a juvenile was involved.Hill, 25, has not been charged with any crimes. He reported to the first day of the Chiefs' offseason workouts earlier this week."I don't want to make judgment on anything other than he is here and he is working," head coach Andy Reid said when asked about Hill's situation. "If there is anything to comment on, we will always put it out there for you. We are not hiding it."Added general manager Brett Veach on Thursday: "I think it's going to work itself out here, and we'll deal with the information as it comes. Like I said, there's nothing I'd probably be in a position to say right now on that."The NFL requested documents from Overland Park Police on March 12, before the second incident, according to The Star. Hill could be subject to discipline from the NFL, whether or not he is charged with a crime, and the league could consider his domestic violence history.Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, then his girlfriend, when she was pregnant in December 2014. Hill was arrested and dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team. He later pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation and received three years' probation.
Report: Chiefs WR Hill to attend offseason workouts
Kansas City receiver Tyreek Hill was in attendance as the Chiefs opened offseason workouts Monday, Yahoo Sports reported.Authorities have been investigating two incidents of suspected child abuse last month at Hill's home in Overland Park, Kan. Hill, 25, has not been charged with any crimes.A three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro, Hill set career highs with 87 catches for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.Hill is under investigation for an alleged March 14 battery incident involving a juvenile, according to multiple published reports. The Kansas City Star reported that Hill's 3-year-old son suffered a broken arm in the incident.Overland Park police responded to the same address on March 5 to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect. Hill's name is listed on the report.His fiancee, Crystal Espinal, is listed on the March 14 report under the category of "others involved." The Star reported that Espinal is pregnant with twins and that she is the mother of the 3-year-old whose arm was broken.
Man cited for aiming laser at Brady in AFC title game
A 64-year-old Missouri man was cited for allegedly aiming a laser pointer at New England quarterback Tom Brady's face during the AFC Championship game at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.Dwyan Morgan of Lee's Summit was ticketed for disturbing the peace and faces up to a year in jail or a fine up to $1,000, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Tuesday in a news release.The incident happened in the fourth quarter of the Patriots' 37-31 overtime win against the Chiefs on Jan. 20.
Chiefs agree to deal with LB Attaochu
The Kansas City Chiefs have reached agreement with linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, according to the sports agency that represents the 26-year-old.SportsTrust tweeted out a photo of Attaochu while announcing he has joined the Chiefs."@JAttaochu45 -> @Chiefs. Back to the AFC West. Congrats, Jerry!"
CB Reaser joins Chiefs as 1st AAF player to sign NFL deal
Cornerback Keith Reaser became the first player from the Alliance of American Football to move to an NFL team, signing Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to multiple reports.The AAF announced earlier Thursday that league players now could sign with NFL teams.In the wake of the suspension of play of the struggling AAF on Tuesday, the NFL had told its teams not to contact AAF players because they remained legally under contract and had not yet been released.The AAF played eight of its 10 scheduled weeks of the regular season.Reaser, who played for the Orlando Apollos, was a fifth-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2014 NFL Draft. In three-plus seasons with the 49ers, he played in 29 games with 30 tackles and one quarterback sack. He also played one game for the Chiefs in 2017, making four tackles, but was placed on the waived-injured list in 2018.
Report: Chiefs to sign ex-Packers CB Breeland
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to sign cornerback Bashaud Breeland to a three-year contract, ESPN reported on Monday.The 27-year-old Breeland played seven games with the Green Bay Packers last season, starting five, after originally agreeing to a three-year, $24 million free-agent deal with the Carolina Panthers last March. That agreement was nixed because of a failed physical (foot).A former fourth-round pick of the Washington Redskins, Breeland has played in 67 career games (63 starts), collecting 10 interceptions and 64 passes defensed while forcing seven fumbles in five NFL seasons.
Investigation into Chiefs WR Hill continues
The investigation into allegations of battery against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill remains open.Steve Howe, the district attorney in Johnson County, Kan., acknowledged in a written statement Monday that his office "has received numerous requests for information" about the the status of the investigation into Hill but could provide no additional details."While we understand the public's concern, the investigation is still ongoing. It would be irresponsible to make definitive ‘official' statements before the investigation is complete," according to the statement.The 25-year-old Hill has not been charged with any crimes.Hill is under investigation for an alleged battery incident involving a juvenile, according to multiple published reports. The Kansas City Star reported that Hill's 3-year-old son suffered a broken arm in the incident.The report from police in Overland Park, Kan., where Hill lives, is dated March 14. It is unclear if the incident occurred that day.Overland Park police also responded to the same address on March 5 to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect. Hill's name is listed on the report.His fiancee, Crystal Espinal, is listed on the March 14 report under the category of "others involved." The Star reported that Espinal is pregnant with twins and that she is the mother of the 3-year-old whose arm was broken.
Reports: Chiefs WR Hill under investigation for battery on juvenile
Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for an alleged battery incident involving a juvenile, according to multiple published reports.The Kansas City Star reported that Hill's 3-year-old son suffered a broken arm in the incident.Police responded to a home in Overland Park, Kan., according to a police report by the Overland Park (Kan.) Police Department.The report is dated March 14. It is unclear if the incident occurred that day.The Chiefs know about a situation involving Hill."The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill," the Chiefs said in a statement to The Kansas City Star. "We're in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We'll have no further comment at this time."KCTV said it contacted Hill's agent, who "would also not comment on the matter and hung up the phone on KCTV5's investigative reporters."Overland Park police also responded to the same address on March 5 to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect. Hill's name is listed on the report.Hill's fiance, Crystal Espinal, is listed on the March 14 report under others involved. The Star reports that Espinal is pregnant with twins. Espinal is the mother of the 3-year-old son whose arm was broken.Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal when she was pregnant in December 2014. Hill was arrested and dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team.
Reports: Chiefs agree to deal with DE Okafor
The Kansas City Chiefs continued to rework their defense as they agreed Thursday to a three-year, $24 million deal with defensive end Alex Okafor, according to multiple reports.A six-year veteran who played the last two seasons in New Orleans, Okafor arrives on the heels of the Chiefs also adding safety Tyrann Mathieu, whose deal was officially signed Thursday.Kansas City opened up cap space recently with the release of linebacker Justin Houston and defensive back Eric Berry. The Chiefs also traded franchise-tagged pass rusher Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers, citing a poor fit in new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's 4-3 defense.