Latavius Murray, RB
Out of all the moves on this list, this one feels the most likely—or at least something like it. That’s because the Chiefs are currently hurting at running back, even if it’s just a short-term need.
Right now, the Chiefs have lost both Darrel Williams and Clyde Edwards-Helaire to various injuries and neither should be expected to compete in the team’s final preseason game against the visiting Minnesota Vikings. From there, both players will have already missed a few days of practice (more for Williams as he’s been in the team’s concussion protocol since the second preseason game a week ago) and they will have two more weeks to rest before the regular season begins.
That looming date with the visiting Cleveland Browns is the only thing that matters and the Chiefs certainly don’t mind carrying Edwards-Helaire and Williams on the active roster without any countermeasures if they’re going to be healthy for the regular season. But just in case if not, Latavius Murray could be a solid addition if he’s cut free.
Right now the New Orleans Saints have a loaded backfield with competition that could squeeze out Murray. Alvin Kamara is the obvious star of the show at the position and Devonta Freeman is also there as a reliable veteran. Tony Jones is creating a lot of preseason buzz, and Dwayne Washington is a solid special teamer. That’s not to say Murray’s fortunes are set already, but that the competition could surprise.
Depending on the severity of the injuries for both Edwards-Helaire and Williams, and what they think of the development of Darwin Thompson and Derrick Gore, the Chiefs might have room to squeeze another veteran back onto the roster go with Jerick McKinnon as healthy players ready to contribute.