After taking over as the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs in July of 2017, Brett Veach has made more than his fair share of bold moves. The team has also seen perhaps its most successful five-year run in franchise history, including two super bowl trips and a win in one.
The Chiefs have traded their first-round pick twice in five years since Veach became GM. He’s made a lot of high-profile moves, from trading Tyreek Hill to trading for Frank Clark. But what are some of his most underrated moves? Which trades/signings/draft picks does he get less praise for than he deserves?
Let’s review five of the most underappreciated moves that Brett Veach has made since taking over as GM of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Signing Harrison Butker off the Carolina practice squad in 2017
A lot of teams struggle to find a kicker as reliable as Harrison Butker but Veach managed to sign him off of a practice squad at the end of September. Butker does have some consistency issues when it comes to extra points but he’s been money when the Chiefs have needed him most in the playoffs.
Signing Tershawn Wharton as a UDFA
It’s not every year that a team can find a player from a small school as an undrafted free agent who is an immediate contributor on defense. Over his first two NFL seasons, Wharton has recorded four sacks and will turn just 24 later this month.