The NFL trade deadline is quickly approaching. Who are the players the Chiefs should avoid trading for?
The Kansas City Chiefs have very few glaring roster holes ahead of the 2022 NFL trade deadline. The league’s in-season trading window opened on Oct. 9, giving teams until Nov. 1 to make trades. The deadline’s timing makes sense, allowing trades until the season’s midpoint after teams have multiple weeks to find their identity and roster shortfalls.
Several players will be on the move this month. The reasons vary, from poor scheme fits and struggling teams to flipping upcoming free agents for draft assets. Both Super Bowl teams last season made major trades that proved important down the stretch. The Cincinnati Bengals traded offensive lineman Billy Price for Giants defensive tackle BJ Hill and landed on an immediate contributor, with Hill recording 5.5 sacks in the regular season and 1.5 more during the postseason. On the other hand, the Los Angeles Rams made last year’s biggest trade, acquiring outside linebacker Von Miller from the Denver Broncos for second- and third-round selections.
The assets Los Angeles and Cincinnati lost were all worth the eventual Super Bowl appearance.
The Chiefs could benefit from making some trades before the upcoming deadline. Injuries have ravaged the defensive line and backs, and while upgrades at offensive tackle would be beneficial, those are the glaring needs from a fan’s perspective. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach has sometimes been unpredictable, and the team’s 12 draft picks give Veach plenty of trade ammunition.
There will be players linked to the Chiefs, whether it be positional needs, scheme fit, or just because a talking head says so. However, the Chiefs should not be in on every player just because they are available. Here are some players the Chiefs should avoid during the trade season.