West Notes: Chiefs, Irvin, Amukamara

The Chiefs moved on from their longest-tenured player this offseason, jettisoning 15-year punter Dustin Colquitt. Although the team with Patrick Mahomes negotiations looming and Chris Jones attached to a franchise tag created cap space by cutting Colquitt, the defending Super Bowl champions also identified his potential successor in its UDFA class. Chiefs ST coordinator Dave Toub said (via the Kansas City Star’s Herbie Teope, on Twitter) he rated rookie UDFA punter Tommy Townsend as this draft class’ best punter. Twice a semifinalist for the Ray Guy award, Townsend punted at Florida after transferring from Tennessee. The Chiefs signed both Townsend and 2019 UDFA Tyler Newsome this offseason. Toub’s glowing assessment of Townsend almost certainly gives him a leg up in this competition.

Here is the latest from the West divisions:

  • Bruce Irvin had his eye on a Seahawks reunion for a while. The former Seattle first-round pick texted Bobby Wagner during the playoffs he wanted to come back (via the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta, on Twitter). Irvin also confirmed he will be playing linebacker in Seattle’s base defense while shifting to an edge-rushing role on passing downs, Condotta adds (via Twitter). This was the expected arrangement. The Seahawks used their base defense considerably last season but have not re-signed Mychal Kendricks. Irvin functioned in this versatile capacity during most of his first Seahawks stint.
  • Prince Amukamara will take a considerable pay cut to join the Raiders. The veteran cornerback signed a one-year, $1.05MM deal, per Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Amukamara will qualify for the new minimum salary benefit, counting only $888K against the Raiders’ cap. The Bears re-signed Amukamara in 2018, and he was set to make $9MM in base salary on that contract this season.
  • Frank Clark played a role in bringing Taco Charlton to Kansas City, per Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter). Charlton’s ex-teammate and roommate while at Michigan, Clark lobbied Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo in an effort to bring the former first-round pick to Kansas City. The Chiefs did not claim Charlton’s rookie contract but did add him at a cheaper rate. Charlton called his departure from Dallas and Miami “mutual,” according to Pelissero (via Twitter). Both teams waived the 2017 first-rounder, the Dolphins doing so despite Charlton leading the team in sacks last season with five. Charlton figures to fill a rotational role vacated by the exits of Emmanuel Ogbah and Terrell Suggs.
  • Despite Bashaud Breeland being arrested on several charges earlier this offseason, he has been part of the Chiefs’ virtual offseason since it began, Spagnuolo said (via NFL.com’s James Palmer, on Twitter). Re-signed on a one-year deal, Breeland will likely face a suspension for his arrest — which included the charge of resisting arrest.
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14 comments on “West Notes: Chiefs, Irvin, Amukamara

  1. JJB0811

    It’d nice to see the NFL give teams incentives to hire white football players, they’re minorities too.

    • The Mistake of Giving Eugene Melnyk a Liver Transplant

      The fact that Nathan Peterman has a job shows that there are too many white guys in the NFL.

    • Ironman_4life

      Go stand out on a street corner and hold up a white lives matter sign and see how long that lasts. Oh. That would be racist. Never mind.

      • The Mistake of Giving Eugene Melnyk a Liver Transplant

        We already know white lives matter, our entire society is. Uilt upon this concept! Considering that a black person is over 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than a white person we need to remind society that black lives matter too. It isn’t an attack on you a rising tide lifts all boats. Instead are you so insecure that you can’t have someone who doesn’t look like you have basic human rights?

        • Ironman_4life

          Let’s just put it this way. You come at me with a weapon I don’t care if your white brown pink purple or orange your mom is going to get your body back in a bag.

        • Lancaster82

          Not to sound racist. But that stat is not entirely the cops fault. Are there bad cops? Yes! But how many white gang members do you see? Are black guys more prone to violence? Yes. So if the black kids would stop braking the law they would stop being in trouble with the cops.

        • JoeBrady

          “Considering that a black person is over 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than a white person we need to remind society that black lives matter too.”
          That stat doesn’t mean what you think it means. Since black are much more statistically likely to be arrested for murder, the 2.5x number you refer to is actually quite small.

          A white guy being arrested for murder is more likely to be killed than a black guy.

  2. Lancaster82

    Well it’s TRUE. But the real problem is that there just aren’t as many good minority coaches in the NFL. A lot of the black ex players dont choose the coaching path. It isn’t the NFL owners fault. So no need to tell people to F off just because you may not like what they said.

    • The Mistake of Giving Eugene Melnyk a Liver Transplant

      Then why are so many position coaches black? It is the inherent racism of the league that is at fault. They disproportionately promote white coaches into leadership positions such as head coach. That is called racism and white privilege.

      • JJB0811

        From Tony Dungy on the proposal: “There’s three things that they’re worried about. Number one, how does this put me in my relationship with the other coaches that I work with, and other white coaches? Are they thinking I’m getting an advantage now? Number two, when that General Manager or owner hires me, is he hiring me because he thinks I’m the best person, or is he hiring me to move his draft choice up a little bit? And then the third thing this is nobody feels like they want anything special . . . . Don’t hire me and then say I’m going to give you more draft choices later on because you need help. And I know that’s not the reason why the proposal is being put in, I know that’s not what they’re driving at, but that’s still the end result.”

  3. crosseyedlemon

    Chiefs have 6 former Wolverines on their roster now so they must be trying to lure Jim Harbaugh who has pretty much worn out his welcome in Ann Arbor.

  4. The Mistake of Giving Eugene Melnyk a Liver Transplant

    Taco Charlton and the teams’ mutual decisions are just like every breakup I ever had, COMPLETELY MUTUAL!!!! No seriously mutual, we both had a lot going on and it wasn’t me it was both of us! Yeah, mutual!!!

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