REPORT: Chiefs emerge as possible trade partner for safety Earl Thomas UPDATE (6:52 p.m. Arrowhead Time)AP lobbyist Peter Schrager added the following on the Seattle-Kansas City talks:It’s not often you see breaking news such as this on game day Kansas City Chiefs T-Shirt , but here we are.ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that disgruntled Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas could be traded, and the Kansas City Chiefs have emerged as a possible partner.Thomas, 29, is a five-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler who would be a welcomed addition to a Kansas City secondary that desperately needs the help.With Eric Berry continuing to be held out with a sore heel injury over the season’s first two weeks, this interest makes you wonder if perhaps the injury is a bit worse than expected.The Chiefs starters right now are Ron Parker and Eric Murray, with rookie Armani Watts and special teamer Jordan Lucas rounding out the depth. The Chiefs are hoping that Daniel Sorensen can return for the second half of the season.Thanks to the Marcus Peters trade, the Chiefs have two 2019 second-rounders to play with. Could one be enough to acquire Thomas? KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t draft Patrick Mahomes merely to make the playoffs.Matt Cassel accomplished that, and quarterbacks Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac, Trent Green and Alex Smith went one better by making it to the divisional round. Smith even won a wild-card game Kansas City Chiefs Hats , the first playoff victory by the long-suffering Chiefs since Joe Montana led them to the AFC title game in the 1993 season.No, the Chiefs didn’t trade up to select Mahomes just to make the playoffs.They did it to win in the playoffs.Now, Mahomes gets his first chance when the first-year starter leads the AFC West champions against the Colts — their longtime playoff nemesis — on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.Win and the young All-Pro quarterback has the Chiefs one game away from playing in the Super Bowl, lose and Mahomes has to wait a full year to get another crack at wiping away the stink of all those playoff failures.“A playoff run in general would mean a ton to everyone in this community, including us. I know the history,” Mahomes said, “but at the same time, we are a different generation.”That may be true, but he was on the sideline last season for the latest postseason letdown.Mahomes was given his freshman season to learn the ropes under Smith, who ended a streak of eight straight playoff defeats by beating Houston in the wild-card round in January 2016. But they lost the following week at New England to end their playoff run, then lost at home to the Steelers in the divisional round in 2017 and blew a big lead against the Titans in the wild-card round a year ago.Three defeats after that rarest of playoff wins.The sting has been even more brutal at home Kansas City Chiefs Hoodie , where the Colts have won just as many playoff games as the Chiefs (two apiece) over the years. Both of the Chiefs’ wins were in the wild-card round.They’ve never won a home playoff game in the divisional round or beyond.Yet if there’s any reason to believe that stretch of futility will end Saturday, it just may be the optimistic kid with the big arm and curly Mohawk. Bono, Grbac and the rest never put up the kind of numbers that Mahomes has this season, nor did they engender the same kind of confidence in their teams.Mahomes exudes poise. And the rest of the Chiefs can feel it.“It’s the way he plays,” Chiefs center Mitch Morse said recently. “Not only his talent, which is uncanny, but the way he prepares, the way he conducts himself in the huddle, and then the guy has got a swagger about him that’s infectious.”There is no denying this is a new experience, though. Mahomes only played in one bowl game in three seasons at Texas Tech, much less an NFL playoff game with the entire football world watching.“So far I haven’t seen anything that’s too big for Pat. I’m not even worried about that Youth Customized Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys ,” coach Andy Reid said Monday, just before the Chiefs resumed practicing following a well-earned week off.“He’s going to get himself ready, just like he does every week, to play against a good football team,” Reid said. “But I don’t think he’s wired the other way. I’m not predicting anything, I’m just telling you, matter of fact, how he’s wired, how he goes about his business.”That doesn’t mean Reid hasn’t pulled him aside for a few extra chats.“Everything is a little faster in the playoffs. That’s how things go,” Reid said. “At the same time, he has to be himself and continue to lead and play like he has been doing. I don’t think he will have a problem with that. I think he understands that. He is wired the right way to handle all of it.”Mahomes said he’s chatted with Smith about his postseason experience www.chiefsauthorizedshops.com , and he’s soaked up what he can from the veterans in his locker room.