NFL Trade Deadline: Will the Chiefs be players?

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Oct 11, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) is congratulated by tackle Charles Leno (72) after scoring the winning touchdown during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Bears won 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs as buyers:

Vernon Davis – TE – SF:  The Chiefs are still clearly in need of a veteran presence at tight end.  Davis brings athleticism and experience, plus a well-documented chemistry with Alex Smith.  As a one year addition, he would provide an instant boost to the offense while allowing the Chiefs to continue to develop their young guys for the future.

On the other side, unless the Chiefs feel they are in the thick of things, this is a questionable move.  Davis is on a one-year deal, so there is no guarantee after this season.  Also, if the Chiefs had an heir-apparent to Alex Smith on the roster, I would like this move as it could up the trade value on him.  However, without that future guy, Smith is likely to be the starter again next year which means his value would go back down after Davis (presumably) leaves.

My verdict:  No thanks

Matt Forte – RB – CHI:  The Bears are still in fire-sale mode, and the veteran running back is one of their more valuable trade pieces.  If the Chiefs feel like they are a legit playoff contender, then getting a reliable veteran like Forte really does make a lot of sense.  He is a proven commodity with playoff experience and success.  He is also dangerous in the passing game, though often under-utilized by the Bears.  Forte to the Chiefs could be a perfect move for both sides, and it is unlikely he would cost more than a fourth round pick at this point.

However, the Chiefs have to like what they have seen from Charcandrick West so far.  And with Knile Davis being a decent option as a backup, there isn’t much reason to look into bringing in another running back.

My verdict:  Gotta stick with West.

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