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Alright Chiefs fans, here is your weekly roundup of news and rumors from around the league.  With OTAs in full swing, there was plenty of news to cover this week.  From suspensions and injuries to new contracts and free agent pickups, if it’s worth your knowing, then it’s all right here.

So let’s get to it…

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Arizona Cardinals:  The Cardinals have signed defensive end Frostee Rucker to a one year extension.  Rucker has been a steady presence in the Cardinals defensive line and keeping him helps preserve continuity within the defense.

Atlanta Falcons:  Linebacker Prince Shembo has been accused of killing his girlfriend’s dog.  Obviously if there is one team that doesn’t want news of a player tied to animal cruelty, it’s the Falcons.  The charges are being filed as a felony which means jail time is a possibility if he is found guilty.  As a result, the Falcons have already waived him.  The Falcons have also signed former Redskins guard, Chris Chester on a one year deal.

Baltimore Ravens:  Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson sprained his medial collateral ligament (MCL) in OTAs and likely won’t return until training camp at the earliest.  He is the second Ravens wide receiver to go down with an injury so far this offseason.

One of the more intriguing headlines of this offseason has been the friction between LeSean McCoy and Chip Kelly. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills:  The LeSean McCoy – Chip Kelly controversy is now spilling back over into Buffalo.  McCoy was asked repeatedly about recent comments made by Chip Kelly.  He eventually refused to answer any more questions about the situation and threatened to end the interview…which, of course, only led to more questions.

Carolina Panthers:  The Panthers have finalized a huge deal with quarterback Cam Newton that will keep him on the team through 202o.  It is expected that Newton will make $67 million over the next 3 years on a $118 million total contract.

Chicago Bears:  Reports indicate that the Bears are willing to allow tight end Martellus Bennett to continue his holdout of offseason practices.  Bennett is seeking a new contract after a career year, but the Bears see no benefit to doing so.  There were rumors that the Bears were looking to trade Bennett earlier in the offseason.

  • Chiefs take: While it’s probably not a likely scenario, adding Bennett through a trade would make sense for the Chiefs.  They could use a veteran presence with the group, and Bennett’s production would be a significant boost to the passing offense that relied heavily on its tight ends last year.

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