The Kansas City Chiefs have been on a wild ride this offseason. After losing the Super Bowl, the team parted ways with both of their starting tackles only to be one of the more active teams in free agency. Despite the spending, the Chiefs still have $24.6 million in cap space, which means that they have the resources to add a few more free agents. This team still has a couple of holes, and Brett Veach isn’t shy about spending up to the limits of the salary.
Kansas City Chiefs: Five Free Agents To Target
The Kansas City Chiefs lost the Super Bowl in large part thanks to their atrocious pass protection. With both Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz injured, Patrick Mahomes spent the majority of the game running for his life as Shaq Barrett and company consistently torched the blocking. It’s hard to see that situation being any better next year, at least at the tackle position. Even though they upgraded the interior with Joe Thuney and Kyle Long, Kansas City still needs to add a reliable tackle. Russell Okung is no superstar, but he’s probably the best option remaining on the market. If the Chiefs can get league-average blocking out of Okung, then this offense should return to the unstoppable force we’re used to seeing.
Honorable Mention: Riley Reiff
Bashaud Breeland has played well since joining the Chiefs, but he’s far from a superstar. The cornerback is currently a free agent, and the Chiefs could decide to let him walk and upgrade the position with Adoree’ Jackson. Injuries essentially wiped away Jackson’s entire 2020 campaign, but the former first-round pick is one of the better cornerbacks in the league when healthy. Assuming he gets a clean bill of health, the Chiefs should be very interested in bringing the former Tennessee Titan to Kansas City.
Honorable Mention: Desmond King
When considering age, there is a case to be made that Phillip Lindsay is the best all-around running back on the open market. The Kansas City Chiefs invested a first-round pick in Clyde Edwards-Helaire a season ago, but they didn’t entrust him with a full workload last year. If they questions as to whether or not he can handle a full three-down role, adding Lindsay would be a great way to give the Chiefs a fanatstic 1-2 punch in the backfield.
Honorable Mention: James Conner
Even though the Chiefs have the best passing attack in the league, wide receiver is a sneaky need for this roster. Tyreek Hill is obviously phenomenal, but Sammy Watkins is a free agent and Mecole Hardman isn’t much more than a gadet player at this point. The Chiefs love speed, and T.Y. Hilton excels at using his jets to burn opposing defenses. While he’s not the player he once was, he can still be good enough to be a reliable third option in this passing attack.
Honorable Mention: Josh Reynolds
Kansas City has a great front seven already, but there is no such thing as too many good pass rushers. Jadeveon Clowney didn’t have the best season last year, but his overall body of work makes me feel comfortable in his ability moving forward. Opposing teams are going to need to throw the ball in order to keep up with Kansas City’s high-flying offense, so getting to the quarterback is of utmost importance. It’s hard to think of too many teams capable of blocking Clowney, Chris Jones, and Frank Clark throughout an entire game.
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