Four free agents who could aid KC Chiefs defense

Defensive end Carl Nassib (94) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Defensive end Carl Nassib (94) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Despite missing out on a lot of talented players, there are still players the Kansas City Chiefs could pursue to make their defense a little better.

The Kansas City Chiefs are going to look different this season. They’ve lost significant talent on both sides of the ball. But I feel it’s safe to say that most Chiefs fans are more concerned with the team’s defensive side of the ball.

Through the draft, they added key players, like Trent McDuffie and George Karlaftis. However, the Chiefs likely missed their chance to add a star defender in free agency. Even with that being the case, there are still some defensive players still available that can serve as contributors on a good team.

Let’s take a look at four defensive free agents who the Kansas City Chiefs could/should have their eye on.

Carl Nassib, EDGE

Carl Nassib isn’t a player who will likely be a game-changer in Kansas City for the Chiefs, although he could be a solid depth option for a team short on established edge rushers.

After playing college football at Penn State, Nassib was the 65th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He has also spent two years each with the Las Vegas Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Nassib spent the previous two seasons with the Raiders and racked up 4 sacks and 45 total pressures across 412 pass-rush snaps across 2020 and 2021. For most of his career,  he’s been a consistent secondary pass-rush option. His overall PFF grades ($) have ranged between 64.7 and 69.2 (with 60.0 considered “average”) since his rookie year in 2016. He’s also hit 6 sacks in a season twice, with both of those coming with the Bucs in 2018 and 2019.

Signing Nassib wouldn’t dramatically change the Chiefs defense but he could serve a valuable role as an experienced defensive end at a position with a lot of youth/inexperience.