But an aspect of this potential move that may be even more beneficial is the cost for talent. Leary is playing on a one year, Restricted Free Agent (RFA), tender.
That means the Chiefs would only be committed to him for this season at just a $2.3 million cap hit, leaving open a number of options in 2017. The Chiefs are tight against the cap right now, but opening up that kind of space can actually be achieved pretty easily with a couple of already expected cuts.
Despite what the Cowboys claim about not letting him go for cheap, the truth is that they won’t get a lot for him. He’s a backup, coming off a groin injury and concussion, playing on a one-year tender…unless a huge market opens up, I don’t see the Cowboys getting more than a 5th round pick for Leary.
And with a lower price tag, the Chiefs are in a prime position to be the team to make a move. With a projected four compensatory picks in 2017, they’ll have assets to move. Plus there are a few players on the roster who John Dorsey will probably be willing to put on the block. All in all, it’s a good situation for the Chiefs with the ammo they have…
Draft Picks: As I stated earlier, it’s tough to see the Cowboys getting more than a 5th round pick for Leary due to his circumstances. The Chiefs shouldn’t be the least bit hesitant about giving up anything in the 5th or later because they are likely to make it up.
As I said, with the projected additional comp picks, the Chiefs are in a position to make this move. It’s really just that simple. Unless Dallas has decided to be completely unreasonable (and I do suppose that has to be a consideration), John Dorsey has more than enough to work with here.
Knile Davis/DeAnthony Thomas: The Cowboys do not need a running back. I won’t pretend they do. However, their return game leaves a lot to be desired, and either of these guys would provide plenty of impact there, while also being able to fill a depth spot in the running back group. The value is there. Plus, Jerry Jones does love his some Arkansas Razorbacks.
Either move would kind of kill two birds with one stone. Davis isn’t expected to make the team, so this makes that eventual move easier. DeAnthony Thomas was the subject of trade rumors earlier this offseason, and there was the odd end to last season. And with the newly added Tyreek Hill, the writing does seem to be on the wall.
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