AFC Rumors: Chiefs, Raiders, Steelers

De’Anthony Thomas was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession on Saturday, according to the Allen County (Kan.) Sheriff’s Office (via The Chiefs wide receiver has since been released from Allen County Jail on bond. Thomas has played his entire NFL career with the Chiefs, signing a one-year deal to return to the team in 2018 after his rookie contract expired. The wideout’s latest Kansas City deal expired after this season. Thomas, 26, landed on IR in October.

As the Patriots venture to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII, here is the latest from the AFC:

  • Needs exist at many spots on the Raiders‘ roster, but they are expected to conduct a defense-heavy draft, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area notes. Oakland added several defenders in free agency last year, most of whom on one-year deals. The Silver and Black finished with an incredible 13 sacks — 17 fewer than the next-closest team (the Giants) this season and fewest in a season since the 2008 Chiefs, who also traded their best pass rusher that year (Jared Allen), recorded just 10 — and lack long-term answers at just about every position defensively. The Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades garnered the Raiders, whose own first-round pick became No. 4 overall, the Nos. 24 and 27 selections.
  • The Steelers exercised Bud Dupree‘s fifth-year option last May but have not decided on his long-term status with the team, per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Dupree collected 5.5 sacks this season and has 20 in his career but has not lived up to his first-round billing. Dupree’s option price is $9.23MM. It would not be surprising if neither Dupree nor 2016 first-round pick Artie Burns inked second contracts with the Steelers, Fittipaldo writes. Burns’ fifth-year option decision is due in May. Considering Burns played just 308 snaps this season and will carry an option cost of close to $10MM, it would be incredibly surprising if Pittsburgh exercised it.
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered an injury in Sunday’s Pro Bowl. While the Associated Press notes the injury that caused the Steelers wideout to leave the game was just a bruised knee, the second-year wideout was limping en route to the AFC team bus. Smith-Schuster may be on the verge of becoming Pittsburgh’s centerpiece receiver, should Antonio Brown be dealt. It doesn’t sound like he’ll be in danger of missing OTA time, however.
  • Included in Seth Wickersham’s must-read piece about the Jimmy Haslam-era Browns: a near-deal that would have added to the Browns and Texans‘ unique quarterback pipeline. After Cleveland chose Johnny Manziel in the 2014 first round, then-Browns GM Ray Farmer had to calm down a “furious” Brian Hoyer. The Texans soon called to offer their No. 33 overall pick for Cleveland’s then-starting quarterback, but Farmer declined the deal to get control of a draft that had gone haywire (with Mike Pettine leading the way for Justin Gilbert and Haslam behind the Manziel move). Hoyer played one more season with the Browns and in 2015 signed with the Texans, who used that No. 33 pick on offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo.
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4 comments on “AFC Rumors: Chiefs, Raiders, Steelers

  1. Ironman_4life

    Weed. Here you can have pounds flying out of your vehicle and they wont even question it.

  2. bucsfan

    “Suspicion of marijuana possession”. Which means the police didn’t catch him with marijuana, just paraphernalia associated with it. That’s an awfully dangerous and slippery slope to just “suspect” that someone has something illegal and arrest/charge them. He’s a pro athlete, which means he’s got some money and is known to the public, so he isn’t going to do time or face a penalty that will significantly hurt him (outside of potentially not playing professional football again). But that could play out much differently for an average citizen.

    And before people go crazy—while imo marijuana should be decriminalized or legal, it is against the law to possess marijuana in most cases/places and therefore the authorities would be justified to charge him, if they actually found it on him.

    • k9kop23

      That’s likely not at all what ‘suspicion of marijuana possession’ means. When law enforcement tests any substance they believe to be an illegal narcotic, the tests they do on the road are presumptive and enough to make an arrest. After it’s all said and done on the street, law enforcement has to send the suspected illegal substance to a lab or a certified officer to be chemically tested and verify the results of the presumptive test. What this headline likely means is they (the police) field tested the substance he had which probably tested positive for marijuana. Now, it has to be chemically tested. Hope this helps clear things up on what you assume words mean. I certainly hope you didn’t break your legs jumping to that conclusion.

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