The Chiefs could use more experienced depth at cornerback heading into the 2020 season. Not only did the team fail to sign a comparable veteran replacement for the now departed Kendall Fuller, but also may be without cornerback Bashaud Breeland (due to suspension) to start the season.
If Breeland is punished, Kansas City will be left with only three cornerbacks with experience on the roster: Super Bowl starter Charvarius Ward, second year pro Rashad Fenton, and free agent acquisition Antonio Hamilton. Every other player on the active roster would be either a rookie or a player who has never played a down in the NFL.
Given that, pursuing a cornerback on the trade market may be something the team eyes. Sports Illustrated’s Nick Newman recently wrote that, given the rookie talent on the San Francisco 49ers roster, Ahkello Witherspoon could be on his way out of the Bay Area.
General manager John Lynch has certainly not been shy about moving on from pieces that he feels are unnecessary or underachieving, so it makes sense to think that despite being the 49ers being young and inexperienced at cornerback, the Chiefs could negotiate a move for Witherspoon. He also fits the profile of what Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo looks for in a cornerback: tall, long arms and good footwork frame the 6-foot-2 former third round draft pick. And, Veach understands that using future draft capital for talent now is often worth the investment.