Offensive free agents that make sense for KC Chiefs
Chiefs’ Options on Special Teams
Tommy Townsend (RFA)
Punter Tommy Townsend is clearly not an offensive player, but he finds his way into this article as there won’t be a standalone article for Kansas City’s special teams units. In 2022, Townsend was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams. The likelihood is that he’ll become the NFL’s highest-paid punter. He has rounded into one of the league’s best punters at this stage of his three-year career. This past season, he led the league with 45.6 net yards per punt. It took a few years for the decision to move on from Dustin Colquitt to pay off. I suspect the Chiefs won’t tinker at this position and will present Townsend with a handsome new contract.
The work is never done for who some call the best general manager in the National Football League. Tough decisions lay ahead for Brett Veach if this team is to optimize this new Super Bowl window it created, in part, by trading away Tyreek Hill.
For the 2023 campaign, everything starts with the free agency period set to begin on March 15th. It’ll be exciting to see exactly what the front office has in store for what is now the league’s seventh-youngest team. Achieving the right balance of Kansas City’s youth movement with the appropriate veteran presence will be an integral part of the Chiefs’ quest for a title defense.
The goal of this front offense should be to keep Patrick Mahomes — the league’s best quarterback — well protected and flanked by capable skill position players. Maintaining some level of offensive continuity will limit variability and ensure the Chiefs remain the team to beat in the AFC for the foreseeable future.
I’m interested to see just how much Kansas City’s GM agrees with that assessment. All of the pieces seemed to fall into place last offseason. Replicating that success could prove difficult this year, with deficiencies in top-flight talent at certain positions, but if anyone’s up for it, it’s Brett Veach.