In 2018, Veach made the decision to offer a contract to Miami Dolphin free agent running back Damien Williams. Signed to a one year deal for under $800,000, but the end of December Williams had already shown enough to the coaching staff and Veach to merit a two year extension before he ever hit free agency again.
For sure, signing Williams has been an important addition to the Kansas City offense. Williams was a star in Super Bowl LIV and has a strong case to make that he should have been the MVP of the game after earning 133 total yards and two touchdowns, including his run to immortality to seal the game, on the biggest stage in the world.
What makes this roster transaction even more important in the context of the current roster and Chiefs team construction is what the contract is. Williams’ extension nets him only $2.5 million in average yearly base, which ranks 28th in the National Football League. For the Super Bowl Champions to have their starting running back returning for one of the league’s best offenses for such a paltry amount is a steal – and has given the team the necessary flexibility to retain so much of its championship roster.
Veach is well-known as a bit of a wheeling and dealing risk-taker. But, signing and then extending Damien Williams was a safe, smart move that has allowed the team to remain adaptable to its current environments. This was a savvy move for Veach, and one he deserves far more praise for.