The Chiefs Zone: May 1, 2017

Kansas City Chiefs 2017 NFL Draft recap

The Kansas City Chiefs turned 10 of their draft picks into six. What did the Chiefs come away with and who can make an immediate impact? Farzin will answer those questions and let you know what you need to know about this draft class. Also, the Buffalo Bills fired their GM after the draft. Did the Chiefs cause this to happen? Farzin gets into that as well. Plus, one former Chiefs player misspells “Jets.”

The Chiefs Zone: April 27, 2017

Chiefs draft Patrick Mahomes

The Kansas City Chiefs traded up with the Buffalo Bills to acquire the 10th pick and selected quarterback Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech. Many Chiefs fans, including Farzin, wanted DeShaun Watson. However, Farzin will tell you why you should still be ecstatic with this draft pick. Farzin goes over his strengths and how he can help this offense, as well as how the offense can help Mahomes. Farzin also shares one major concern: will he sit out the entire season? Farzin tells you when he should become the starter.

The Chiefs Zone: April 14, 2017

Special guest: Matt Miller from Bleacher Report

With the draft being less than two weeks away, Farzin brings in NFL draft scout and the NFL lead writer for Bleacher Report, Matt Miller. Matt dives into what the Chiefs will do with the 27th pick and whether the Chiefs will make a move at quarterback. We lost a legend in the NFL, and Farzin talks about his biggest NFL contribution. Plus, one company has become the new Jordan Crying Meme.

The Chiefs Zone: April 6, 2017

Will the Kansas City Chiefs trade up in the NFL Draft?

Tony Romo’s retirement shakes up the entire 2017 NFL Draft, which makes a big impact on the Kansas City Chiefs, assuming they are seeking a quarterback in the draft. Farzin looks at the first 26 picks of the NFL Draft and predicts which teams will select a quarterback and how many could go by the time Kansas City is on the clock. Should the Chiefs trade up? With who? Farzin answers that.

The Chiefs Zone: March 31, 2017

AFC West shift

For the second time this offseason, an AFC West team changes its location as the Kansas City Chiefs remain. The Oakland Raiders will move to Las Vegas in a couple of years, but this led to some angry Raiders fans in Oakland. Would you still be a Chiefs fan if the team left Kansas City? Farzin reads some of your answers on the podcast. We have an update on Travis Kelce, plus, Farzin explains why Chiefs fans shouldn’t let another fan give them a hard time about rooting for Tyreek Hill. Also, some sports fans take sports too seriously.

The Chiefs Zone: March 27, 2017

Are the Chiefs still in the Romo sweepstakes?

The Kansas City Chiefs have been quiet this offseason. Farzin explains why that might be the case. The Oakland Raiders could soon be moving to Las Vegas. Farzin will tell you why you should be excited about this as a Chiefs fan, especially if you frequently visit Vegas. Also, Farzin will name an overrated sports coach, and most listeners will disagree.

The Chiefs Zone: March 16, 2017

Chiefs sign Bennie Logan, Dontari Poe moves on

The Kansas City Chiefs are have moved on from Dontari Poe as they signed a new defensive lineman in Bennie Logan. What kind of an impact will he and the rest of the defensive line have with the Chiefs next year? Farzin discusses the Logan signing and shares why he could be better than Poe. There is one free agent out there who the Chiefs should go after, and it won’t cost the Chiefs much. Farzin shares who that player is. Farzin also calls out the “bracketologists” and explains why they aren’t as smart as you think. Also, one local college took a shot at another.

The Chiefs Zone Podcast: March 5, 2017

What Will The Chiefs Do In Free Agency?

Free agency is underway this week, but there is one problem with the Kansas City Chiefs. How active will they be? And should we expect an unpopular move? Farzin will answer that in this podcast. Also, why do players at the NFL combine receive weird questions? Farzin shares some of those questions in this podcast as well.

The Chiefs Zone: Chiefs vs. Texans recap/Chiefs vs. Broncos preview

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Football season is back, and the Chiefs are off to a good start! Farzin recaps the road win against the Texans. Though many were concerned about the conservative second half, Farzin provides an explanation for the lack of scoring. Farzin also brings up the national perspective of the Chiefs and why everyone should stop underestimating the team. To conclude, Farzin previews the Chiefs and Broncos for Thursday Night Football and gives his prediction.

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Cash, money and quarterbacks

If I could use one word to describe NFL contracts: outrageous. These contracts will only continue to grow as time goes on.

 

It does not matter whether a quarterback won a Super Bowl, a playoff game or if they’ve had success in the regular season. Quarterbacks seem to be demanding more money than ever, and they end up getting what they want.

 

Most recently, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton hit the jackpot Monday morning in a six-year deal worth $96 million with a possibility to earn $115 million if the Bengals win playoff games. Is Dalton worth $115 million? I will break it down for you.

 

Let’s get one thing straight; Dalton has been impressive for the Bengals since being drafted out of TCU in 2011. In three years, he’s thrown for 80 touchdowns and 49 interceptions with more than 11,000 passing yards under his belt. Dalton has led the Bengals to the playoffs each season.

 

Andy Dalton has to be loving life with his new contract.

Andy Dalton has to be loving life with his new contract.

Throughout all of my time covering the Chiefs and the NFL with podcasting, blogging and traditional media since 2007, I learned there is one important factor you must consider when judging a football player. How does that player do in the biggest games, or more importantly, in the postseason? Can they consistently do well in big moments?

 

Dalton is 0-3 in the postseason as he’s thrown one touchdown, six interceptions and has been sacked nine times in all three games combined.

 

As a fan and someone who has covered football, I believe a player must earn a big contract by proving he can shine in the biggest games. Dalton has yet to do that. That is not to say he can’t ever do it, but at this moment, many fans are left scratching their heads over this.

 

Colin Kaepernick signed a six-year contract earlier this summer in which he can earn up to $126 million with at least $61 million in guaranteed money.

 

One month after helping the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl in 2013, Joe Flacco scored big. He signed a six-year contract in which he can earn $120.60 million, including a $29 million bonus plus $30 million guaranteed. In the four postseason games the Ravens played throughout the 2013 playoffs, Flacco committed just one turnover, a fumble.

 

Sure, to go through a four-game postseason and commit only one turnover is imposing. But is that enough to throw a ton of money at a player? That is how it seems to be. Flacco’s contract was the biggest in NFL history until a month later.

 

It did not take long for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to steal that record after he landed a $110 million contract over the next five years.

 

Rodgers was not labeled as a greedy guy, because he proved he deserves a big contract. He had a 5-3 postseason record (now 5-4) including a Super Bowl win.

 

Out of the many players who have earned big-time contracts, only a few really deserve them. Rodgers is one of the few who deserve big contracts.

Out of the many players who have earned big-time contracts, only a few really deserve them. Rodgers is one of the few who deserve big contracts.

The fact is, NFL players, mostly quarterbacks, are expensive and their price seems to go up each year, even if they don’t stand out in big games.

 

I want to post a couple of contracts your way and explore possible outcomes in the future.

 

1. Ryan Tannehill has a 15-17 record as a starter for the Miami Dolphins while making $12.67 million throughout four years from his rookie contract, which he is halfway through.

 

2. Matt Cassel had one good season filling in for Tom Brady in New England. The Kansas City Chiefs trade a second-round pick for him. A few months before training camp, Cassel signs a six-year $63 million deal, but only got through four years with the Chiefs. He finished with a 19-28 record as a starter in Kansas City.

 

3. The Detroit Lions gave Matthew Stafford more money last year after extending him for three more years, adding $53 million. He is under contract through the 2017 season and will receive $41.5 million in guaranteed money. Stafford is 24-37 as a starter and has played in only one postseason game.

 

  • Ryan Tannehill – $12.67 in 4 years
  • Matt Cassel – $63 million in 6 years
  • Matthew Stafford – $53 million in 3 years

 

Let’s fast forward to 10 years later, in 2024. How much money could a player similar to the caliber of Tannehill make? Same question for Cassel and Stafford.

 

General managers need to be more aggressive when considering how much money they want to pay a quarterback (or any player) for a long period of time. If the quarterback can’t live up to expectations, the team’s success will be limited, and all the blame goes on the general manager for giving millions of dollars to a quarterback for underperforming.

 

Although Ryan Tannehill is a first-round draft pick, he isn't highly discussed as a top-tier or second-tier quarterback. But if he has one remarkable season, he may demand a lot of money.

Although Ryan Tannehill is a first-round draft pick, he isn’t highly discussed as a top-tier or second-tier quarterback. But if he has one remarkable season, he may demand a lot of money.

Every athlete who makes millions of dollars is capable of feeding their wife and kids, but also people outside of their immediate family. Many players simply demand a lot of money so they can take care of their own family members. Many people criticize players for wanting a lot of money for that reason.

 

However, anyone in their position would do the same thing. But making money in the nine figures through six years or less is too much and that’s honestly not necessary to take care of your family and members through an extended family.

 

I don’t know what the solution is to stopping players from earning a ridiculous amount, but there are people more qualified than me who can come up with one. What I do know is, the price of a quarterback will only grow each year. A college football freshman with a promising future has to feel good about the amount of money he could make one day.