Kansas City Chiefs should call on these veteran cornerbacks
By Matt Conner
As other NFL teams make their roster cuts, the Kansas City Chiefs could check in on a number of potentially available veterans. Here are a few to watch.
The groans are now as loud as the hype.
As excited as Kansas City Chiefs fans are for a new quarterback under center in Patrick Mahomes and the potential of the team’s loaded offense, they’re also crying foul over a secondary filled with injuries and inconsistency. It’s a mish-mash of experiments, young players too raw to play and bounce-back candidates aplenty. If that sounds exactly like last year’s see-what-sticks-to-the-wall approach, you would be correct.
One year ago, the Chiefs were employing Phillip Gaines, Steven Terrell, Terrance Mitchell and Kenneth Acker, a group that would soon be joined by Darrelle Revis. Six months ago, every single player was drained out of the secondary, along with Marcus Peters via trade, in a radical realignment of the teams cornerbacks. Steven Nelson was the lone holdover, surrounded by new players like Kendall Fuller, David Amerson, Arrion Springs and Tremon Smith.
The original trio of Nelson, Fuller and Amerson has only been clicking for two of the three so far in the preseason, as Amerson looks quite a bit behind the others. In fact, the Chiefs recently signed Orlando Scandrick as well to compete for meaningful snaps after being released by the Washington Redskins. Yet after watching the Chicago Bears second and third-string units move the football at will, fans are still wanting more help in the secondary.
It’s hard to know whether or not the Chiefs up for another signing in the secondary, but it could be a long year if general manager Brett Veach decides to simply go forward with what he has already in house. It’s going to be even worse—much, much, much worse—if Eric Berry’s sore heel doesn’t go away and his star safety is somehow unable to suit up.
As a way of helping our team out, we’ve taken a look at several teams who could be forced to cut or trade some significant talent at cornerback because they simply have too much. Here’s a breakdown of players who could come in and help the Chiefs either for a realistic trade or free agent signing if cut by their respective team.