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Chiefs, Ricky Seals-Jones agree to one-year contract
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed former Cleveland Browns tight end Ricky Seals-Jones to a one-year contract.
The former undrafted free agent in 2017 spent his first two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before taking part in 14 games for the Browns last season. Jones caught 14 of 22 targets in Cleveland (63.6%) for 229 yards (16.4 yards per reception), 4 touchdowns, and 10 first downs. He will likely serve as the primary back up to Travis Kelce, a potentially valuable role, but one that only resulted in a combined 19 targets for Blake Bell and Deon Yelder last season.
Seals' Net Expected Points per reception of 1.22 was 5th best among all tight ends with at least 10 receptions last season. He earned a receiving grade of 58.1 from Pro Football Focus, the second-best mark of his three-year career.
Texans reportedly considering signing Eric Reid
The Houston Texans have had talks discussing the possibility of defensive back Eric Reid joining them, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
Reid's brother, Justin, has reportedly spoken to Bill O'Brien about signing Eric and received positive feedback. It's a long way from a sure thing, but the Texans could certainly use the help after recording a Pro Football Focus coverage grade of just 50.3 last season, the 5th worst mark in the league. A weakness that was on full display during their playoff collapse to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Reid took over 100 snaps at multiple positions for the Panthers last season, including slot corner (193), box (496), and free safety (295). He recorded the worst coverage grade of his career (36.1), allowing 45 receptions on 57 targets (78.9%) for 573 yards (12.7 per reception) and 7 touchdowns.
Rams' Michael Brockers clears physical
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers passed his physical.
This is notable because Brockers initially agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, but the Ravens balked after receiving the results of Brockers' physical. He injured his left ankle in the Rams' season finale last year. The 29-year-old has been with the franchise for his entire career after being selected in the first round back in 2012.
Brockers recorded 3 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss, and 9 quarterback hits last season. He graded 4th against the run and 19th overall on Pro Football Focus among the 72 interior defenders to play at least 463 defensive snaps.
Damarious Randall joining Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders and free agent defensive back Damarious Randall, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, agreed on a 1-year contract.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the contract is worth up to $3.25 million. This comes just after the Raiders' agreement with free agent defensive back Eli Apple fell through. Randall can contribute at both corner and safety for the Raiders. He failed to record an interception in 2019 for the first time in his career, but Randall did record 2.5 sacks after entering the season without any. The 2015 first-rounder picked off 14 passes over his first four seasons. He turns 28 at the end of August.
Randall gave up 24 completions on 42 targets (57.1 percent) for 310 yards (7.4 yards per target) and 8 touchdowns in 11 games last season, per ProFootballReference. He graded 33rd on Pro Football Focus among 65 safeties to play at least 560 defensive snaps, earning positive grades in coverage (69.9) and overall defense (69.3) for a second consecutive season.
Sammy Watkins continuing career with Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins restructured his contract.
Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports says it's a 1-year deal that will pay Watkins a base of $9 million for 2020 and can reach $16 million with incentives. The move clears up $5 million for the Super Bowl champs. Watkins had more yards in all three of the Chiefs' playoff games than he did at any points from Weeks 2-17. He figures to retain his starting job in the slot, putting a ceiling on Mecole Hardman's outlook. Watkins turns 27 this summer.
Watkins averaged 8.65 FanDuel points during the regular season, finishing outside the top-50 at his position. After the opener, he failed to find the end zone or reach 70 yards in any non-playoff game. Watkins also recorded a career-low 7.5 yards per target, down from 9.4 the previous season.
Nick Foles, Mitchell Trubisky in 'open competition' for Bears' job
Chicago Bears quarterbacks Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky are in an "open competition," general manager Ryan Pace said.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy said Trubisky will take the first snaps, but that both quarterbacks will see "equal reps" and that it will be "extremely competitive." Foles, who the Bears acquired in a trade last month, could have a slight advantage due to his familiarity with fellow newcomers, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. Foles turned 31 at the beginning of this year. Trubisky, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, will be 26 when the season starts.
Trubisky averaged 14.19 FanDuel points per game last season, finishing as the QB32. Foles averaged 9.94 FanDuel points per game and was the QB40. Trubisky ranked 33rd in numberFire's advanced passing metric, compared to Foles ranking 38th, out of 42 quarterbacks with at least 100 dropbacks.
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