The 2020 roster is largely set, but it still wouldn’t be surprising to see general manager Brett Veach look for low risk trades before the season starts
The Kansas City Chiefs have secured the return of 20 of their 22 starters from their Super Bowl LIV Championship team and the bulk of the roster as a whole. As a result, the team had very few holes to address via the NFL Draft, free agency, and the trade market.
Now that rosters are largely set, there will inevitably be players who find themselves on the losing end of roster battles, and subsequently, they’ll be placed on the trade block before ultimately being cut by their respective squads.
It is in the murky waters of these late roster-cut candidates that Chiefs general manager Brett Veach often finds some of his best acquisitions. Just last year, Veach was able to parlay a likely candidate for release, running back Carlos Hyde, into another fellow cut candidate, offensive lineman Martinas Rankin of the Houston Texans, just before final rosters were due. Rankin, of course, missed most the season with injury but was still a savvy move for Kansas City that will ultimately pay dividends in 2020 and beyond.
It is these sorts of moves—garnering value in return for players unlikely to make the roster or who are otherwise expendable— that have made Veach an effective general manager so early in his tenure. The third-year general manager has shown a knack for bargain shopping in each and every offseason thus far. As with last year, we should expect to see at least one trade before the season begins.
So, what trade candidates may be available that could help bolster the Chiefs roster for the 2020 #runitback campaign?