Sep 8, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Alex Okafor (97) on the bench during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Free agent DE Alex Okafor re-signing with Chiefs

Free agent defensive end Alex Okafor is returning to the Kansas City Chiefs on a one-year contract, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Okafor, 30, played in 21 regular season games (nine starts) and three postseason contests for the Chiefs over the past two seasons, including the Super Bowl LV loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in February.

He tallied 16 tackles, 10 quarterback hits, three sacks and one forced fumble in 11 games in 2020, when he spent time on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

Okafor’s career totals include 30 sacks, 192 tackles, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception in 89 games (60 starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2013-16), New Orleans Saints (2017-18) and Chiefs.

He was a fourth-round pick by Arizona out of the University of Texas in 2013.

The Chiefs had reportedly pursued free agent pass-rusher Melvin Ingram, who agreed to a one-year deal Monday with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) hands off to running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Le’Veon Bell: ‘I’ll never play for Andy Reid again’

Running back Le’Veon Bell apparently wasn’t much of a fan of coach Andy Reid during his brief stint with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bell, now a free agent, shared his feelings in a response to a comment on Instagram.

“I’ll never play for Andy Reid again,” Bell wrote. “I’d retire first.”

Bell did not go into greater detail on Reid, his coach since joining the team on Oct. 17 — three days after his release from the New York Jets.

The 29-year-old Bell rushed for 254 yards and two touchdowns in nine games with the Chiefs. He had two carries for six yards in the AFC divisional-round win over the Cleveland Browns before being inactive for the AFC Championship Game vs. the Buffalo Bills.

Bell did not play in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bell was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro with the Pittsburgh Steelers before sitting out the entire 2018 season on the franchise tag in a contract dispute.

After signing a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets in March 2019, Bell gained 1,250 yards from scrimmage and scored four touchdowns in 15 starts with the team that season.

Bell has rushed for 6,453 yards and 40 touchdowns and caught 394 passes for 3,259 yards and eight scores in 88 games (81 starts) with the Steelers (2013-17), Jets (2019-20) and Chiefs (2020).

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Carolina Panthers wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (14) is tackled by safety Will Parks (27) in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chiefs add S Will Parks on one-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs signed safety Will Parks to a one-year contract, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The deal is worth up to $1.13 million, according to the report.

Parks has played five NFL seasons between the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles. Denver selected Parks out of Arizona in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft.

After four seasons with the Broncos, Parks signed with his hometown Eagles in 2020 but started the regular season on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury. He returned to play six games for Philadelphia, but he was waived and claimed by Denver in December.

In 72 career games (18 starts), Parks has amassed 180 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four interceptions and two sacks.

Parks figures to serve as depth at the safety position for Kansas City behind ingrained starters Tyrann Mathieu and Daniel Sorensen.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; KKansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Mike Remmers (75) enters the field during warm ups before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs re-sign RT Mike Remmers to one-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed right tackle Mike Remmers to a contract Thursday, agent Brett Tessler confirmed on social media.

NFL Network said the one-year deal includes $3.5 million guaranteed with a maximum value of $7 million.

Remmers, who turns 32 next month, played in 13 games (10 starts) in the regular season and started all three playoff games for the AFC champions last season.

He has appeared in 92 games (88 starts) since 2013 with the then-San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Chiefs.

–Field Level Media

Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams (26) runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chiefs release RB Damien Williams

The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Damien Williams, who played a key role in their Super Bowl LIV title before opting out last season due to COVID-19 concerns, on Tuesday, according to numerous reports.

The Chiefs save $2.2 million against the salary cap by cutting Williams, who rushed for 104 yards and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in Super Bowl LIV, according to reports.

Williams became expendable with the emergence of rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who led the team in rushing with 803 yards and four touchdowns on 181 carries after the Chiefs took him in the first round of last year’s draft. Edwards-Helaire also played in just 13 regular-season games due to injury.

The Chiefs also signed second-string running back Darrel Williams to a one-year contract worth up to $2.13 million with $930,000 guaranteed on Tuesday, according to The Kansas City Star.

Darrel Williams, who signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of LSU in 2018, rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown on 39 carries last year. He also had 18 receptions for 116 yards.

Damien Williams, who turns 29 on April 3, led Kansas City in rushing in 2019, when he ran for 498 yards and five touchdowns on 111 carries, in addition to making 30 catches for 213 and two touchdowns.

Damien Williams wants to play in 2021, per his agent. He came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma in 2014 and spent his first four seasons with the Miami Dolphins before signing with the Chiefs in 2018. He has rushed for 754 yards and nine touchdowns, in addition to posting 53 catches for 373 receiving yards and four scores, in Kansas City.

For his career, Damien Williams has rushed for 1,231 yards with 12 scores, plus 138 receptions for 1,106 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) taunts Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs’ Antoine Winfield Jr. fined for SB taunting

The NFL has fined Tampa Bay defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. $7,815 for taunting Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill during Super Bowl LV last week, according to NFL Network.

Winfield held up two fingers in a peace sign directed at Hill with the Buccaneers comfortably ahead late in the game. It mimics the signature gesture Hill frequently uses against defenders that he left in his rearview mirror.

That includes a Week 12 meeting between the teams when Hill racked up 269 yards and three touchdowns. Hill flashed the peace sign at Winfield as he ran past him in that game and also embarrassed the Buccaneers by back-flipping into the end zone on one of his touchdowns.

That game apparently stuck with Winfield.

“He back-flipped in front of my face, gave me the peace sign. So it was only right that I gave the peace sign right back to him,” Winfield said after the Bucs’ 31-9 win last Sunday.

“It felt amazing to be able to do that, not even gonna lie.”

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is pressures by Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Patrick Mahomes to have surgery for turf toe

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will have surgery Wednesday to repair a turf toe injury, multiple outlets reported.

He is expected to miss most of the team’s offseason work but be ready to go by training camp, per NFL Network and ESPN.

Mahomes injured his left big toe in the first quarter of the 22-17 divisional playoff victory against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 17.

He had one of the worst games of his NFL career in Sunday’s 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, completing 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed five times for 33 yards and was sacked three times.

Mahomes’ 52.3 passer rating was the lowest of the 25-year-old’s four-year career, spanning 46 regular-season starts and eight postseason starts.

–Field Level Media

Jan 31, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of signage for Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium  Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs: Cannons to stay silent at Super Bowl

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not hear the familiar sounds of cannons firing at Raymond James Stadium when they play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Super Bowl LV.

Tampa Bay is the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. But the Buccaneers announced Tuesday that they would keep the cannons silent during the upcoming big game.

“The firing of the cannons after big plays is a tradition that defines what it means to be a Buccaneer fan and serves as a signature element of our home game experience at Raymond James Stadium,” the team said in a statement. “However, we also acknowledge and understand the NFL’s position with regards to maintaining the integrity of a neutral site atmosphere for Super Bowl LV. While the cannons may not fire in their typical fashion, we look forward to showcasing parts of our tradition while working within the league’s guidelines.”

The cannons are located within a pirate ship in one of the stadium’s end zones. They typically fire every time the Buccaneers score.

–Field Level Media