After last week's Home Run Derby, ESPN has some making up to do with Kansas City. Never one to shy away from yelling at the Worldwide Leader, KC sports fans may actually lighten up after ESPN's latest: a three-year projection of which NFL teams have the rosiest immediate futures. Writers, evaluators, and analysts got together to project how every NFL team's current roster would play out over the next three seasons, and wouldn't you know it, the Chiefs are number one! So let's call it even? Here's just some of what they had to say about the Chiefs' immediate window. First this, from Field Yates:
"Why they're here: There's an easy case that no other quarterback in football is more preferable to have on your roster over the next three years than Patrick Mahomes, who is coupled with one of the league's best head coaches in Andy Reid. The Chiefs' outstanding front office led by GM Brett Veach is resourceful and willing to be bold when needed. This team is here to stay."
For the pessimists among you, don't worry -- they didn't forget to mention how they think the Chiefs' window could go wrong. They really have something for everyone over in Bristol. From Louis Riddick:
"Biggest worry: Veach has some big-time decisions regarding the salary cap over the next two years, beginning with the 2022 expiring contracts of safety Tyrann Mathieu, offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. and defensive tackle Jarran Reed. All three play premium positions at what is expected to be a very high level going forward, and all will want top dollar for their services.
When looking down the road to 2023, receivers Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman, along with safety Juan Thornhill, will be looking for their paydays as well."