Aug 3, 2021; St. Joseph, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) talks with free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

S Tyrann Mathieu, Chiefs keenly aware of new market value

One chief concern in Kansas City entering the 2021 season is the contract status of safety Tyrann Mathieu. Keeping him became slightly more complicated on Tuesday.

Mathieu, 29, is entering the final season of a three-year contract he signed as a free agent. He will make $14.55 million in 2021.

That’s well below the new bar for players at the position after Jamal Adams signed a four-year, $70 million extension with the Seattle Seahawks to become the NFL’s top-paid safety. He makes an average of $17.5 million per season under the terms of the contract inked Tuesday.

Mathieu said it would be hard to wear “any other uniform” after going to back-to-back Super Bowls with the Chiefs.

“The fans here are amazing. My teammates are amazing. I spoke about the relationships that I have with my coaches,” Mathieu said in the spring. “Some of these things, you can’t buy other places. I’m a guy that’s had to start over quite often, so I would like to stay here — for sure.”

The Chiefs have multiple sizable salaries on the ledger for 2022, and general manager Brett Veach tends to ramp up negotiations closer to the end of an existing contract. He’s also no stranger to the franchise tag.

“We’ve had a chance to talk to Tyrann and his representation, and I think it’s a little bit difficult with the landscape right now of having two cap-shortened offseason and where we are in regards to our offseason projections,” Veach said in an interview with Sirius/XM Radio. “But as we’ve discussed with Tyrann and his crew, it’s one of those situations that where we are now will certainly not be where we are once the season ends, and once we correct some of the things when you have extensions, conversations, trades, (players) move on — every team is certainly in a different position (with) what their books say than (what) they will be in the offseason.

“And we like to think that we’re going to find a way to get this done. And he knows we love him, and we know he wants to be here. And right now, for him, and for us, I think it’s just a timing thing. But there’s not a guy in this league I respect as much as him for the way he goes about his business. And, you know, listen, a lot of these guys, and a lot of these teams — I think we saw the franchise tag period come and go, and no one got done. And there have been a couple of deals, but a lot of these bigger deals haven’t been done for the same reason. Different players handle it in a different way. And just like you’d expect from Tyrann, just complete class. I mean, the guy is special. We love him. And we’re certainly going to work our tail off to keep him here.”

The combined salary cap figures for the Chiefs’ five highest-paid players in 2022 based on existing contracts totals $130 million, with quarterback Patrick Mahomes at $35.8 million.

Defensive linemen Chris Jones ($29.4 million) and Frank Clark ($26.3 million) are next with wide receiver Tyreek Hill ($20.7 million) and offensive guard Joe Thuney ($17.8 million) ahead of Mathieu’s projected annual salary of $17.5 million.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (33) yells to the sidelines during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks make Jamal Adams highest-paid safety

Jamal Adams’ signature is all that awaits the 25-year-old becoming the NFL’s highest-paid safety courtesy of a reported four-year, $70 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

Adams, acquired for a package of draft picks from the New York Jets last season, had been in negotiations with the team since the end of the 2020 season and wanted to be the top-paid player at his position.

Despite reports the two sides were further apart in talks as recently as Sunday night, a pact was struck on Tuesday, NFL Network and the Seattle Times reported.

Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos had the highest annual average value on his contract at $15.25 million before the Adams deal, which includes $38 million guaranteed, per reports.

Adams was the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and his unique skill set was a perfect fit with the Seahawks, who used him in blitz packages and at linebacker as often as he lined up at safety.

Adams had 9.5 sacks, one forced fumble and 83 tackles in 2020 but played in a career-low 12 games.

Simmons signed a four-year, $61 million contract with the Broncos after playing last season on the franchise tag.

Simmons received $35 million in guarantees in the contract.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) is shown during a mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in Green Bay, Wis.

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Packers WR Davante Adams won’t take less to play with Aaron Rodgers

With a short-term solution in place with Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers can address the contract status of another All-Pro.

Wide receiver Davante Adams enters the final year of his contract facing the prospect of hitting free agency after the season, when Rodgers can work his way out of Green Bay.

Adams recently broke off talks with the Packers on a long-term deal. According to reports, Green Bay is balking at a deal that would make Adams the top-paid wide receiver in the NFL, ahead of the Arizona Cardinals’ DeAndre Hopkins.

With next year up in the air for both players, Adams and Rodgers could be entering their final season together. Each player posted a picture of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen on his Instagram story page, a reference to the “Last Dance” documentary on the end of the Chicago Bulls’ championship dynasty.

Would Adams take less money to stay in Green Bay with Rodgers beyond 2021?

“That’s not going to happen,” Adams, 28, said. “I don’t want to — it’s not about being a baby. What other profession do you take less than what you’ve earned? That’s not how it goes. The fans might see it different in certain ways. I’m sure there are fans that see it the same way myself, my family, my agent and most of the league sees it.

“I’m not a baby. So I’m not going to not show up and I’m not complaining about it. At the end of the day, I’m not poor right now. I’ll be OK to get through and go try to win a Super Bowl again. That’s my main focus right now.”

Adams said he would “lock in” but believes he earned the right “to be paid the highest in the league.”

To be the highest-paid receiver in the NFL, Adams would need to receive $27.25 million per season, which would equal Hopkins’ annual average value with the Cardinals. Hopkins received a two-year deal worth $54.5 million following a trade last offseason from the Texans.

“I don’t want to make this (season) about me,” Adams said.

The trouble for the front office involves the salary cap and Rodgers’ status. If Rodgers would opt to retire or the Packers honor his potential wish for a trade, Green Bay would face the subsequent cap hit, leaving the franchise little or no room to retain Adams, even on the franchise tag.

Five wide receivers make more than $20 million per year, but none are within $5 million of Hopkins’ average salary. Julio Jones of the Tennessee Titans is closest at $22 million per season.

Between the lines, as the Packers take the field for practices this week, Adams said he’s “ecstatic” to learn Randall Cobb is returning to the Packers via trade.

“I’m just waiting on Jordy now,” he said with a smile, referring to the retired Jordy Nelson.

Adams is entering his eighth season in Green Bay. He is coming off a stellar 2020 season, in which he caught 115 passes for 1,374 yards with 18 touchdowns in 14 games.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks strong safety Jamal Adams (33) talks with New York Jets players and staff following a 40-3 Seattle victory at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks S Jamal Adams: ‘Full go’ for wild-card game

Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams plans to be on the field Saturday when the NFL playoffs begin.

The Los Angeles Rams visit the Seahawks in the middle game of a wild-card tripleheader on Saturday.

Adams left Seattle’s Week 17 victory with a shoulder injury. He has also missed time this season with shoulder and groin issues.

“I’m playing man. Hey, look. As long as these legs are moving, man,” Adams said. “There was never no doubt in my mind that I wasn’t playing. I’m full go.”

Head coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that he would likely need all week to determine Adams’ status. Adams was limited in Tuesday’s practice along with defensive tackle Jarran Reed.

“I’m not limited to anything. I’m full go,” Adams said.

Acquired from the New York Jets for two first-round draft picks before the 2020 season, the 25-year-old Adams played in 12 games and had 83 tackles and a career-high 9.5 sacks in his first season with Seattle.

Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said he expects to see Adams in the defensive huddle this weekend.

“Jamal is a very high-energy person,” Wagner told KJR radio, “a person who is going to do everything he can to get out there on the field so we kind of just got to wait and see and understand whatever happens at the end of the week to be ready for.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) celebrates with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) after a touchdown during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Packers beat Lions to clinch NFC North crown

Aaron Rodgers passed for 290 yards and three touchdowns — including a record-setting score to Davante Adams — and ran for another score as the visiting Green Bay Packers clinched their second straight NFC North title with a 31-24 victory against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Green Bay (10-3) vaulted into possession of the top seed in the NFC with the New Orleans Saints’ loss at Philadelphia. The Packers, who own the tiebreaker against the Saints, play two of their final three regular season games at home.

Detroit (5-8) saw its flickering NFC playoff hopes take a hit as quarterback Matthew Stafford exited the game with a rib injury late in the fourth quarter. Stafford was shaken up on a hit by Kenny Clark one play before Kerryon Johnson scored on a 2-yard run to bring the Lions within 28-21 with 6:30 remaining and was later replaced by Chase Daniel.

Packers placekicker Mason Crosby kicked a 57-yard field goal on the ensuing possession before Matt Prater’s 32-yarder brought the Lions within the final margin with 1:49 to go. Detroit’s onside kick attempt after the Prater field goal went out of bounds, and the Packers closed the game with a first down.

Green Bay raced to a near perfect start, with Rodgers completing each of his 10 throws on the team’s first two possessions for 119 yards and touchdowns to Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Adams’ 56-yard catch and run marked the eighth straight game in which he has caught a touchdown, breaking Hall of Famer Don Hutson’s franchise record. Adams has 14 touchdown receptions this season, tied with Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs for tops in the NFL.

Stafford was 24-for-34 passing for 244 yards and a touchdown to T.J. Hockenson. Danny Amendola led the Lions with six receptions for 66 yards, while D’Andre Swift ran for a touchdown in his return to the lineup after a three-game absence.

Adams had seven receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown while Valdes-Scantling had six catches for 85 yards and a score. Rodgers opened the second-half scoring with a 6-yard touchdown run to cap a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that swallowed 8:49 of clock time as Green Bay took a 21-14 lead.

Aaron Jones paced the Green Bay ground game with 15 carries for 69 yards.

The Packers’ defense sacked Stafford four times.

The teams entered halftime tied at 14, with Rodgers and Stafford both turning in sparkling first halves. Rodgers was 12-for-15 for 149 yards and two touchdowns in the first 30 minutes while Stafford was 17-for-22 for 203 yards and a touchdown.

–Field Level Media

June 1, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Montravius Adams (90) participates in drills during organized team activities. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers DL Adams (toe) likely done for season

Green Bay defensive lineman Montravius Adams will likely miss the rest of the season due to his toe injury, Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday.

The Packers played the 25-year-old Adams on injured reserve on Wednesday after he aggravating an injury he initially sustained during training camp. He missed last Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts due to the injury.

LaFleur said Adams tried to battle through the ailment.

“I thought ‘Mon’ did a lot of great things this year,” LaFleur said. “His endurability to battle and fight through injuries, the effort he gave every time was exceptional.”

Adams had 11 tackles — two for losses — in eight games this season.

Overall, Adams has 44 tackles (four for losses) and 1.5 sacks in 45 career games (three starts) with Green Bay.

Adams, a third-round pick from Auburn in 2017, is slated to become a unrestricted free agent after the season.

Also, Green Bay added cornerback Kevin King (Achilles) and receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Achilles) to the injury report on Thursday. Both players were limited practice participants on Thursday.

Star receiver Davante Adams (ankle) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (knee) missed practice.

–Field Level Media

June 1, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Montravius Adams (90) participates in drills during organized team activities. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers DL Adams (toe) likely done for season

Green Bay defensive lineman Montravius Adams will likely miss the rest of the season due to his toe injury, Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday.

The Packers played the 25-year-old Adams on injured reserve on Wednesday after he aggravating an injury he initially sustained during training camp. He missed last Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts due to the injury.

LaFleur said Adams tried to battle through the ailment.

“I thought ‘Mon’ did a lot of great things this year,” LaFleur said. “His endurability to battle and fight through injuries, the effort he gave every time was exceptional.”

Adams had 11 tackles — two for losses — in eight games this season.

Overall, Adams has 44 tackles (four for losses) and 1.5 sacks in 45 career games (three starts) with Green Bay.

Adams, a third-round pick from Auburn in 2017, is slated to become a unrestricted free agent after the season.

Also, Green Bay added cornerback Kevin King (Achilles) and receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Achilles) to the injury report on Thursday. Both players were limited practice participants on Thursday.

Star receiver Davante Adams (ankle) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (knee) missed practice.

–Field Level Media

June 1, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Montravius Adams (90) participates in drills during organized team activities. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers DL Adams (toe) likely done for season

Green Bay defensive lineman Montravius Adams will likely miss the rest of the season due to his toe injury, Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday.

The Packers played the 25-year-old Adams on injured reserve on Wednesday after he aggravating an injury he initially sustained during training camp. He missed last Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts due to the injury.

LaFleur said Adams tried to battle through the ailment.

“I thought ‘Mon’ did a lot of great things this year,” LaFleur said. “His endurability to battle and fight through injuries, the effort he gave every time was exceptional.”

Adams had 11 tackles — two for losses — in eight games this season.

Overall, Adams has 44 tackles (four for losses) and 1.5 sacks in 45 career games (three starts) with Green Bay.

Adams, a third-round pick from Auburn in 2017, is slated to become a unrestricted free agent after the season.

Also, Green Bay added cornerback Kevin King (Achilles) and receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Achilles) to the injury report on Thursday. Both players were limited practice participants on Thursday.

Star receiver Davante Adams (ankle) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (knee) missed practice.

–Field Level Media

June 1, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Montravius Adams (90) participates in drills during organized team activities. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers DL Adams (toe) likely done for season

Green Bay defensive lineman Montravius Adams will likely miss the rest of the season due to his toe injury, Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday.

The Packers played the 25-year-old Adams on injured reserve on Wednesday after he aggravating an injury he initially sustained during training camp. He missed last Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts due to the injury.

LaFleur said Adams tried to battle through the ailment.

“I thought ‘Mon’ did a lot of great things this year,” LaFleur said. “His endurability to battle and fight through injuries, the effort he gave every time was exceptional.”

Adams had 11 tackles — two for losses — in eight games this season.

Overall, Adams has 44 tackles (four for losses) and 1.5 sacks in 45 career games (three starts) with Green Bay.

Adams, a third-round pick from Auburn in 2017, is slated to become a unrestricted free agent after the season.

Also, Green Bay added cornerback Kevin King (Achilles) and receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Achilles) to the injury report on Thursday. Both players were limited practice participants on Thursday.

Star receiver Davante Adams (ankle) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (knee) missed practice.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks strong safety Jamal Adams (33) makes a tackle against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Adams back for Seahawks, six others ruled out vs. Bills

Seattle standout safety Jamal Adams will return from a four-game injury absence when the Seahawks visit the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Adams hasn’t played since sustaining a groin injury in Week 3. The two-time Pro Bowler was acquired from the New York Jets prior to the season and has 23 tackles and two sacks.

While the news was good regarding Adams, six other players were ruled out of Sunday’s game.

Running backs Chris Carson (foot) and Carlos Hyde (hamstring) will both miss their second straight games. Travis Homer (72 yards) and DeeJay Dallas (49) are the only other backs on the 53-man roster but Seattle will likely promote Alex Collins from the practice squad to be the third back.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was hopeful Carson would test the foot on Friday but that didn’t occur.

“He couldn’t make it today,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “Today was going to be the day we tried to decide where he was and they didn’t feel like it was right to bring him out there today, so we’ve got to leave him home, take care of him and get him ready for next week (against the Los Angeles Rams).”

The Seahawks also ruled out guard Mike Iupati (back), defensive end Benson Mayowa (ankle), cornerback Shaquill Griffin (concussion/hamstring) and safety Ugo Amadi (hamstring).

–Field Level Media