Jan 30, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Rashad Fenton (27) takes the field against the Cincinnati Bengals before the AFC Championship game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs CB Rashad Fenton recovering from shoulder ‘cleanup’

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Rashad Fenton is recovering from a shoulder “cleanup” procedure, general manager Brett Veach confirmed.

“He’s going through a little bit of a rehab now, so hopefully we get him for the start of training camp,” Veach told the Kansas City Star on Tuesday.

Fenton, 25, registered a career-high 49 tackles and seven passes defensed in 14 games (eight starts) last season.

He has 99 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in 42 games (11 starts) since Kansas City drafted him in the sixth round in 2019.

The Chiefs drafted three cornerbacks last week, selecting Trent McDuffie in the first round, Joshua Williams in the fourth and Jaylen Watson in the seventh.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) scores a touchdown in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chiefs signing RB Ronald Jones to 1-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs are signing running back Ronald Jones to a one-year deal, NFL Network reported Saturday.

The report said Jones could earn up to $5 million.

He played his first four NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who drafted him in the second round in 2018.

Jones, 24, rushed for 428 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games (three starts) last season.

He gained more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage in both 2019 and 2020 and helped the Bucs win Super Bowl LV.

Jones has 2,174 rushing yards, 571 receiving yards and 19 total touchdowns in 55 career games (25 starts).

–Field Level Media

August 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eric Bieniemy to return as Chiefs’ offensive coordinator

The Kansas City Chiefs anticipate Eric Bieniemy will return for a fifth season as their offensive coordinator in 2022, FanSided reported Thursday.

Bieniemy coached last season on a one-year contract and the two sides have not yet signed a new deal “but belief is it will get done,” per the report.

Frequently interviewed for head-coaching jobs around the NFL, Bieniemy, 52, was passed over once more in the 2022 hiring cycle.

The New Orleans Saints interviewed him but chose instead to promote their defensive coordinator, Dennis Allen, to replace Sean Payton.

Bieniemy has served as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator since 2018 after five years as their running backs coach. In his four seasons as OC — coinciding with Patrick Mahomes’ four seasons as the starting quarterback — the team has never finished outside the top six in the NFL in either total offense or scoring offense.

–Field Level Media

Jan 23, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) walks off the field following the win against the Buffalo Bills in overtime in the AFC Divisional playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Odds favor Chiefs, Rams in NFL championship games

Early betting odds favor the home teams in the upcoming NFL championship games.

Following a thrilling victory in overtime against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs are a touchdown favorite to defeat their next playoff opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, in the AFC Championship game on Jan. 30.

The Los Angeles Rams, who defeated Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the other divisional game on Sunday, opened as 3.5 point favorites over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game, also on Jan. 30.

Caesars Sportsbook opened with the Chiefs a 6.5 point favorite over the Bengals. At several sportsbooks around the country, the line subsequently changed to Kansas City -7. The AFC game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., and the NFC game will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

Caesars Sportsbook also listed the Rams-49ers over/under at 46.5 points and the over/under for Chiefs-Bengals at 53.5 points.

Both games are rematches from earlier in the season. The Bengals defeated the Chiefs 34-31 in Week 17. The 49ers beat the Rams twice during the regular season, 31-10 in Week 10 and 27-24 in OT in Week 18.

Looking ahead, Kansas City is favored to win the Super Bowl, at +130, according to Caesars. Los Angeles follows at +210, with the 49ers at +450 and the Bengals at +750.

-Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs middle linebacker Willie Gay Jr. (50) reacts before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC Wild Card playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs LB Willie Gay arrested on criminal damage charges

Kansas City Chiefs starting linebacker Willie Gay faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage after his arrest Wednesday night in Overland Park, Kan.

According to Johnson County authorities, Gay was charged with one count of criminal damage of less than $1,000 for damage to property including a vacuum cleaner, a door frame and a wall.

A representative for Gay told NFL Network that “no one was touched” during an argument that led to the veteran player’s arrest.

Gay, 23, has a court appearance scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

The Chiefs said they were aware of the situation but did comment on Gay’s status for Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game against the visiting Buffalo Bills.

Gay, a second-round pick in 2020, started 11 of his 12 games in 2021 and registered 48 tackles, a half-sack and two interceptions.

Back in October, Gay missed a practice for personal reasons and posted on social media that he was struggling with his mental health.

“I love you all just know my mental health is F’d up,” he wrote on Twitter on Oct. 8.

–Field Level Media