Chiefs could seek low-level free agent investment at safety
The most likely scenario for Kansas City is that they take a flyer on an undrafted rookie free agent or signs a low cost veteran at a near minimum salary in order to fill out the roster. Regardless, it should be expected that third year safety Armani Watts plays more snaps than whoever they bring in, so they’re looking for someone who can be a serviceable emergency player, accounting for about 3% of snaps in place of the departed Jordan Lucas.
(Re-)Enter veteran Kurt Coleman. The 31-year-old journeyman is a free agent this offseason after spending the last year with the Buffalo Bills. Coleman spent the 2014 season with Kansas City but has also spent time with New Orleans, Carolina and Philadelphia in his nine year NFL career. In fact, Andy Reid drafted Coleman in 2010 while in Philly.
Given that Reid has already brought Coleman in once, its not a huge stretch to think this may be a veteran presence the team does not mind having around the locker room. He’ll be 32 when the season starts, so you’re not going to get a ton of mileage out of him, but you also don’t need to. Solid against the run, adequate in coverage, understands offenses. Coleman is a great fit for a team in need of depth. The Chiefs are a great fit for a veteran looking for a one year, near minimum deal—and a ring!