Exploring Kansas City Chiefs range of options for pass rushing help

Robert Quinn. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Robert Quinn. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) /
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Tarell Basham #93 of the Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Tarell Basham #93 of the Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Minor trade for depth

Let’s say the competition is too steep or the compensation required too great for the likes of Robert Quinn, the good news here is that the preseason trade market for edge help is fairly robust when it comes to minor additions. No one listed here would excite anyone other than diehard fans, but the Chiefs need not only talent but numbers here (quantity and quality), and the Chiefs are in an ideal position to grab a guy or even two.

Remember this: the Chiefs are slated to pick another 12 rookies next spring in the first-year player draft. For a team that already brought in 10 this offseason, the idea of adding another dozen next year is laughable. An organization like the Houston Texans—one bereft of talent on both sides of the ball—could handle that influx of youth, but the Chiefs’ Super Bowl window remains wide open. There’s simply no room for so many draftees.

That should make it rather straightforward for Veach to flip a future late-round pick to a team that would appreciate getting something for a player likely on the trade block and/or roster bubble.

Some names likely to be considered here include Tarell Basham of the Dallas Cowboys and Solomon Thomas of the New York Jets. Speaking of the Texans, they did what others thought Veach might do and signed as many vets as they could land this offseason, but the room is so crowded that solid options will be cut. That includes Rasheem Greene or Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. Would the Colts move Ben Banogu? Would the Broncos trade Malik Reed within the division? There are options here for Veach if he likes the fit to at least bolster the lineup with more reliable performers.