KC Chiefs: The pros and cons of chasing James Bradberry

James Bradberry (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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James Bradberry, Kansas City Chiefs(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
James Bradberry, Kansas City Chiefs(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

The cons of chasing Bradberry

While all of the previously stated reasons to sign Bradberry are true, there are equally true statements on the other side if you want patience to be the name of the game for the Chiefs.

First and foremost, the Chiefs have learned—even at this very position—that being patient could yield the desired results. Just a couple of years ago, cornerback looked like the weakest spot on the team and the Chiefs entered the regular season with a pitiful group of corners. Then L’Jarius Sneed suited up in Week 1 and looked like a first-round pick instead of one from the bottom of the fourth. Fenton also turned a serious corner and with Charvarius Ward and Bashaud Breeland, the unit only needed a few weeks to look young and deep.

Fast forward to the present and the same scenario could play itself out. Ask yourself this: why the Chiefs should use the cap space they have to answer a need they don’t know they will have? This is the argument for the patient side—that Veach will have the future draft assets and cap space to make a move to address a proven need by the NFL’s trade deadline. Therefore, there’s no need to spend millions right now.

We’ve already mentioned the number of candidates already on the roster, and there’s reason to believe in each of them to varying degrees. McDuffie is the safest bet and he should be an immediate starter (and impactful player) next to Sneed in Week 1. Johnson is already talking openly about what he’ll bring to the Chiefs, and a change of scenery might be just what the former second-round player needed. If Fenton is healthy, if a day 3 pick can rise up, if Baker can be trusted, if DiCaprio Bootle or Brandin Dandridge can surprise, then this unit is loaded.

At the very least, signing Bradberry is a pre-emptive move for a need that is not yet proven—or at least that’s what you should say if you want the Chiefs to avoid chasing Bradberry.

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