Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach hopes that quarterback Patrick Mahomes will recover from a turf toe surgery in time for the team's June minicamp. Mahomes, who led the Chiefs to the Super Bowl this past season, underwent a turf toe surgery on February 10.
"It's a three-month recovery, so we're hopeful [Mahomes returns] somewhere around that mandatory minicamp, if we have it," Veach said. "We certainly think by training camp he'll be ready to go and we'll be smart with him."
Starting tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher also underwent surgeries and Veach hopes they will be ready for training camp. "I would probably say Pat's ahead of them just because of that type of injury and a quicker recovery," Veach said.
"Hopefully we'll have all three ready to go by training camp."
The Chiefs went to keep Tyrann Mathieu
Safety Mathieu is one of the key parts of the Chiefs defense and the team doesn't want to lose him.
"We'd put Tyrann in that category," Veach said. "We'll have some work to do to get with him and his agents, but enough can't be said about Tyrann and his importance to this team both on the field and in the locker room.
He's proven not just to be a great player but a great leader and great person to have developing the young guys and out in the community. "We hope he's secure with this organization for years to come." Veach also acknowledged that it would be hard for the Chiefs to retain wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
"I love Sammy and I love what he does for our offense," Veach said. "There will be challenges this year. It will be a lot more challenging to retain him and bring him back this year just because of where we are.
We were able to work with him and his agent last year and make it work. This year it will probably be more difficult just because we'll have some work to do to get under the cap, and once we do, we'll have to see where the markets go.
"I can't see us running out of the gates the first week in free agency and signing a receiver. I don't think that's where we're at. If the market falls and things make sense for us, we'll be smart and selective.
If something doesn't work out for us in free agency, I think there's enough depth to allow us to address it potentially in the draft."