Many have speculated that after their 1-3 start, the Detroit Lions may look to trade off assets in order to stockpile for what appears to be a complete rebuild, starting with a likely cleaning house of their coaching staff this offseason. After already moving safety Darius Slay during the offseason, it’s clear they’ve got one foot out the door already on the current roster composition.
The good news for the Kansas City Chiefs is that they also have a player who could be a significant boost to the roster for the rest of the 2020 season, linebacker Jarrad Davis.
Kansas City’s need at the linebacker position has been well-documented this season and the lack of immediate impact from second round pick Willie Gay, Jr. has exacerbated this roster deficiency. So, while preserving draft capital is imperative for this team as it looks to build around the huge contracts it’s doled out after the last two years, it is also important to chase championships in every possible season – including 2020.
Linebacker Jarrad Davis is only due $1.75m the rest of the season, is only 24 years old, and represents an upgrade over every linebacker on the Chiefs roster as of today. Davis is going to get paid after the 2020 season, his first foray into free agency, and Kansas City definitely will not be in the bidding for his services.
So, with that in mind, one may ask why the Chiefs would give up a 4th round pick for a mere five month rental. The answer is simple: it could be the difference between being a Super Bowl Champion again this February. It’s a steep price to pay for the scenario, but Kansas City won’t be the only team in the mix for his services, and sometimes you have to overpay a little to fill a need.