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, though that could be just the first step in their dealings with him.The decision was made on Saturday, a person familiar with it told The Associated Press, three days before the league’s deadline for franchising players. But the Chiefs have discussed signing Ford to a long-term deal, and they are open to trade possibilities as they switch their base defenses.The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because the move was not finalized as the paperwork awaited filing. ESPN.com was first to report the Chiefs had made the decision.The franchise tag for an outside linebacker next season is just over $15.4 million, a number the Chiefs could easily fit under the salary cap. But general manager Brett Veach has made it clear since taking over last year that he is open to making any moves that help the overall club.That could mean a long-term contract — the deadline for doing that with a franchise player is July 15 — or trading away one of the league’s top pass rushers.“He had an outstanding season. He was at the top of his game,” Veach said during his year-end discussion with reporters. “When we drafted Dee a few years ago, all those things that we envisioned for him, he kind of showed that he was that player.”But that also came in former defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s scheme, which is built around a 3-4 base. The Chiefs fired Sutton after an AFC West-winning season culminated in an overtime loss to the Patriots, and hired Steve Spagnuolo to implement a 4-3 scheme.“The one thing he can do, and we all know this http://www.bearsfootballauthentics.com/riley-ridley-jersey-authentic
, he is an explosive football player that makes a lot of plays,” Spagnuolo said recently. “He’s had some production and if he is here with us, I’ll be excited to have him and be excited to work with him.”Ford was the Chiefs’ first-round pick in 2014 out of Auburn, but he struggled with injuries and the adjustment to the NFL his first couple seasons. He only played in six games with two sacks in 2017, but had a career-best 13 sacks and forced seven fumbles this past season.That performance made the franchise tag a palatable option.“Obviously, Dee is a player that has done so much for us, in particular last year,” Veach said. “We have a special thing brewing here and I think everyone wants to keep this thing rolling.”The Chiefs also have a decision to make with fellow outside linebacker Justin Houston, who had nine sacks in 12 games last season. He carries a salary cap hit of $21.1 million, a number the Chiefs would like to drive down either by restructuring his deal or potentially releasing him.“I would say that he’s under contract for this year and next year,” Veach said at the NFL’s scouting combine this week. “Again Shareef Miller Jersey
, our plan is to play with him and we look forward to having him on our roster. There’s a lot of dialogue and I think everything is fluid for the next few weeks until we get into the start of the league year. We’ll kind of handle that — the information we get, what’s real, what’s not real — and it’s a good problem to have because he’s a great player.” Last Sunday night, the NFL quickly acknowledged to Saints coach Sean Payton, with the kind of profane terms in which Chris Simms routinely dabbles, that the officials erred by not flagging Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman for pass interference and/or unnecessary roughness for his hit on receiver Tommylee Lewis. Eight days later, the NFL still hasn’t acknowledged the mistake publicly.The league has remained silent even though, per a league source, Saints coach Sean Payton privately has urged the NFL to “show some leadership” and admit the mistake publicly. The goal isn’t to rub the league’s face in it, but to ensure that a true commitment exists to avoiding these kinds of issues in the future.Indeed, if every situation like this can be avoided by hunkering down and weathering the storm and keeping quiet until the fans and media move on http://www.eaglesfootballauthentics.com/zach-brown-jersey-authentic
, that will become the league’s new blueprint for handling such situations.It hasn’t been that way in the past. Peter King points out in his new column that the NFL has, on at least 15 and as many as 30 occasions since 2003, admitted publicly an officiating mistake.If the league hoped that the passage of time would make it all better, the league hoped wrong. Commissioner Roger Goodell continues to be called out for not talking about the situation, with King being the latest to sound off — and with Goodell’s annual pre-Super Bowl press conference only two days away.Other strategies for putting out the fire have failed. Last Monday’s coordinated leak campaign regarding the possibility of making pass interference subject to replay review bounced once and then landed with a thud, when people like Cowboys executive Stephen Jones and Broncos G.M. John Elway (members of Competition Committee) and Falcons CEO Rich McKay (the chairman of the Competition Committee) promptly went on record throwing water on the possibility.Over the weekend, the league leaked to Adam Schefter of ESPN a blatantly self-serving message aimed, apparently, at simulating a public apology: “This week, Sean Payton has spoken to Roger Goodell, SVP of Officiating Al Riveron http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-isaiah-johnson-jersey
, EVP of Football Opetations [sic] Troy Vincent, Comp Committee Chairman Rich McKay. It was explained to Payton: It’s a call that officials should make. Goodell also spoke to Saints’ owner Gayle Benson.”Schefter thereafter provided “context” (, accuracy), thanks apparently to the reaction to his prior tweet. “Sean Payton reached out to NFL this week to see how it would publicly handle situation and demonstrate leadership it should,” Schefter tweeted. “NFL did not reach out to him. NFL felt the explanation that Riveron offered Payton after game — officials missed the call — was sufficient.”Although McKay never spoke to Payton (per a league source), the rest of the second tweet is accurate. The conversations between Payton and Goodell, Riveron, and Vincent weren’t about Payton receiving an explanation. They were about Payton urging the league to make a statement as a matter of basic leadership.Without that, nothing will change. Without it, nothing can change.