The draft begins the careers of many players, but it also spells the end of many’s time with their teams. What post-draft cuts should the Chiefs consider now that they’re free agents?
The NFL Draft is a moment of triumph for the 255 players who fulfill their lifelong dream of becoming a professional football player, and a huge opportunity for the hundreds of others who are signed as undrafted rookie free agents. It also spells uncertainty for scores of veterans who lose their jobs as a result, some of whom will be done playing in the league after being unable to find work elsewhere. Many will be picked up elsewhere by teams who failed to fulfill their needs in the draft or pre-draft free agency periods.
For the Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL Draft was an overwhelming success. The team was able to draft tremendous athletes at positions of need and clearly improved, even as Super Bowl champs, through the NFL’s annual selection meeting.
Despite that improvement, there is always work to do when it comes to improving ytheur roster, and there are dozens of new free agents-to-be the Chiefs should keep an eye on and potentially pursue. I know you’ll say that the salary cap is a barrier, and in many cases it will be. However, a lot of veterans get to the point of being ring-chasers; and the salary cap is demonstrably malleable.
When it comes to improving the roster, there are rarely positions that are off-the-table. That said, it would be difficult to imagine seen Kansas City pursue a quarterback, running back, or wide receiver. It would be less surprising, but still unlikely, to sign a safety or a tight end.
So, what new free agents (or potential free agents) should the Chiefs consider looking at. We’ll look at five on offense and five on defense.