Isaiah Wilson, Titans
If trading for Orlando Brown was the “all-in” option, trading for Isaiah Wilson is the “sure, let’s try it” flyer.
At this point, Isaiah Wilson is a toxic member of the Tennessee Titans roster. Last year, general manager Jon Robinson did his homework enough to believe that the development Wilson needed to do at the pro level was worth the investment of the team’s first round pick in order to maintain a strong front line for Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill. Instead, Wilson appeared in three snaps in a single game and demanded after the season that he was done as a Titan. They’ve been shopping him this week.
Instead of going for the sure thing, the Chiefs might be tempted to take on a very low-level investment with the hopes of tapping into the potential that Wilson obviously has. Given the salary cap constraints for the Chiefs, this might be a preferred way to go if you like to retain your draft picks for the sake of bringing aboard cost-controlled talent.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, change-of-scenery moves like one for Wilson rarely work out. Cam Erving never blossomed in Kansas City as a former first-round pick and the Chiefs lost a 5th round pick in that deal. Reggie Ragland never became the heart and soul of the Chiefs defense after flipping a fourth rounder for him. Martinas Rankin hasn’t brought anything of value to the table since the Chiefs also traded for him as a developmental lineman.
The good news is that these moves hardly cost a thing for the Chiefs to try them. However, given the impact of other lower-round prospects to the mix, it’s also important to realize that there is value in keeping those very picks. L’Jarius Sneed was a fourth round pick. Mike Danna was a contributor found in the fifth. These are very real players who can often create important depth for a team with cheap young players who blossom over time.
It might be uninspiring but the price tag would certainly be far, far less than aiming for Brown.