The Morning Fix: Chiefs News 3/18

Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) recovers the fumble by the Oakland Raiders and carries the ball during the fourth quarter at Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 15-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The contract signed by Sean Smith with the Chiefs widely was reported as being worth $18 million over three years, for a modest average of $6 million per year. In reality, it’s even more modest than that.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, it has a base value of only $16.5 million, which equates to an average of $5.5 million annually.

Escalators and incentives can push the number to $18 million.

Also, only $7.465 million is fully guaranteed. The 2014 base salary of $3.45 million is guaranteed for injury only, and it becomes fully guaranteed on February 7.

Pro Football Talk

1. Kansas City Chiefs — Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M: The safe pick is to take a tackle. For now, I am sticking with Joeckel.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU: He is a project, but they don’t need to rush. He just needs to be a force in a year or two.

3. Oakland Raiders — Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida: The inside of their defense is a mess, and this kid is a force.

4. Philadelphia Eagles — Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon: Even after signing Connor Barwin, you can never have enough pass rushers.

5. Detroit Lions — Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU: They still have a huge hole at defensive end.

CBS Sports

1. Kansas City Chiefs — Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: Fisher was my pick last week and will remain the Chiefs’ pick. Nothing they have done in free agency would indicate they are headed in a different direction.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: The Jags have many needs but Joeckel will be the highest-ranked player on their board and a 10-year starter.

3. Oakland Raiders — Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: Nothing new on the Raiders’ front as they take an instant starter on a porous defense.

CBS Sports

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  • Jim Harper

    Ever since the Senior Bowl I’ve had Ziggy Ansah on my wish list. At that point he was not even considered a first round pick. He has literally flown up the boards to a position of now being a top 5 pick, and Pro Football Talk has him going #2. Everyone compares him to Jason Pierre-Paul and we have a need at DE. I am hoping if they trade down and get an extra pick we could get him, but I am pretty sure we will have a new tackle.

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