Several veteran linebackers remain available for Kansas City Chiefs

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 01: Antonio Gates
SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 01: Antonio Gates /
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ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 03: Will Compton
ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 03: Will Compton /

Will Compton is an interesting and ascending player, a la Hodges. The Washington linebacker has grown from an undrafted free agent find in 2013 to the team’s defensive captain in 2016. He entered the starting line-up in 2015 and has not given way since then. Last season, Compton had 103 tackles, second on the team, 5 passes defended, 1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble.

Compton was given an original-round tender by the Redskins, which means that they have the right of first refusal for any offer—that if Compton signs an offer sheet with another team, Washington can match that deal if they so choose. However, because he’s an undrafted free agent, the team who potentially signs him away wouldn’t owe the Redskins any draft assets in the process.

Can the Chiefs afford to give Compton enough money in such a way that Washington could not afford it? That part is the most far-fetched of any of this, but there’s usually a way to structure something if Dorsey wanted to make it work. As a 27-year-old linebacker who continues to grow and develop as a player, there’s a lot to like about potentially adding Compton to the heart of the Chiefs defense, especially if there’s no draft compensation leaving the team in the process.