Brett Veach also pulled off the very rare player-for-player trade before the season began in a swap of back-up linebackers with the Seattle Seahawks. The Chiefs sent inside linebacker and special teams Pro Bowler D.J Alexander in return for Kevin Pierre-Louis (KPL). With the talent, the Seahawks already owned at the position and his inability to demand snaps, Pierre-Louis found his way to Kansas City as Seattle added a slightly younger and more affordable player.
It turns out that Pierre-Louis was perfect for what the Chiefs needed. He could play special teams and make big plays there like Alexander did while also contributing to the defense. His athletic speed from sideline to sideline made him a probable replacement for Derrick Johnson. The linebacker improved over the season in coverage as well finding himself one on one with tight ends and running backs.
The Chiefs will have to sign KPL this offseason since his rookie deal is up after 2017. They shouldn’t have a hard time doing so considering KPL hasn’t been a star contributor. Expect him to be signed for a team-friendly deal as they look to replace Johnson at the position.