For my money, if the Chiefs can keep the defensive core together and add a pair of free agents, they’ll be poised to be an elite-level defense for many years to come. It’ll take some wrangling, as most of the hefty future contracts will be on the defensive side of the ball, but if I had my druthers, I’d retain all of Kansas City’s homegrown talent. Unfortunately, in this business, that’s something teams can’t always afford to do.
Kansas City’s roster has reached a point where talented players are going to defect for other NFL cities due to cap constraints. This is why balancing free agency with the NFL Draft is key to long-term success in this league. You need an influx of talent from time-to-time, but you also have to use your draft class to backfill when key contributors move on. If the Chiefs are lucky, they’ll only lose one ascending player this offseason. Keeping the band together will be vital to giving this franchise time to climb through their open window of opportunity.
What defensive players are you salivating over this offseason? Were you Dorsey, what pending free agents on the team would you extend new contracts to? If you had a choice between keeping Sean Smith or Jaye Howard, which player would you retain? Might you consider slapping the franchise tag on Eric Berry? Use the comment section below to weigh in. As always, we appreciate your readership and support.
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