Andy Reid address Chiefs pre-draft activities and coronavirus concerns

Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke to the media on Thursday and gave updates on the team’s pre-draft activities.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid conducted a conference call on Thursday with reporters that spoke to various concerns around the team this time of year, including the shift in pre-draft activities and preparation and larger concerns about the coronavirus.

Due to the concerns being taken on a local and national (and global) level to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the NFL has forced teams to shut down their facilities. Which means personnel like general manager Brett Veach and Andy Reid are forced to work from home in the days and weeks before the 2020 NFL Draft.

Reid stated during the conference call that the Chiefs were conducting pre-draft interviews using programs like Zoom to at least get some time with a prospect, even if league rules limit all face-to-face communications at this point.

As of right now, the team is still looking at the best approach for coordinating operations during the actual draft. Communication will be important in terms of ease and reliability, and Reid said everyone might remain at home or it’s possible they find a site like a hotel from which they can conduct their draft.

Reid also mentioned that the Chiefs have fortunately remained healthy as an entire team. Not a single player on the roster or coach or staff member have been known to have COVID-19. “My heart goes out to everybody who’s suffered through this son of a gun,” said Reid.

The NFL Draft is set to go on as scheduled from April 23-25, although it will not be held live in front of fans in Las Vegas as originally anticipated.

In terms of player news, Reid mentioned that Veach remains in contact with both Chris Jones and Sammy Watkins but that’s as much as he’d say.

Watkins remains on the payroll despite the single biggest cap hit for any wide receiver in football. Meanwhile Jones is on the franchise tag at well over $16 million this coming season with expectations of landing a long-term contract extension likely in the realm of $20 million or more. Those are hefty deals that have the Chiefs within dollars of the current salary cap.