Kansas City Chiefs are likely done with major roster moves
By Matt Conner
The Kansas City Chiefs are likely done making any major roster moves at this point before the regular season begins.
It’s true that the majority of major offseason moves are done for each and every team by this point in the NFL’s calendar. The first-year player draft has come and gone. Deadlines for all manner of tagged players as well as free agents have also drifted through. Save for the last-minute signing of a veteran here and there, most teams are done with major roster construction and that certainly includes the Kansas City Chiefs.
Still, some fans might be hoping to see general manager Brett Veach make a swing or two in the preseason for another major piece of the puzzle given the perceived needs yet on the team. But even if Veach agrees with the potential concern, making a big move right now—before the regular season begins—simply doesn’t make sense.
The only moves in front of Veach at this point are the long-term signing of Orlando Brown Jr. to a contract extension and a potential low-level veteran addition at defensive end. Alex Okafor makes the most sense here in terms of familiarity and cost, but other names could play a part here, too. Either way, these are likely the only moves being made.
While some fans would love to see a big-time trade for a Robert Quinn or something else to shore up edge rusher (or a similar move to bolster defensive tackle or wide receiver or cornerback), the Chiefs’ best move would be to stay quiet for a while. Right now, the Chiefs have a decent amount of cap space ($11M and should retain a solid amount even after signing Brown). They also have 12 draft picks scheduled for them to make next spring. Those assets will come in very handy at the NFL’s trade deadline.
This means the Chiefs will be major players at midseason and they have several games between now and then to allow the younger players and newer faces on the roster to grow together and work things out. At that point, the Chiefs will know which positions are really problems and which turned out okay.
Making a bigger move before the season begins at this stage just doesn’t make sense unless an unexpected player is made available on the trade block or waiver wire. Unless that happens, expect Brett Veach to remain relatively silent until the regular season begins.