Which players on the Chiefs could be entering their final playoff run and what are the odds those players are back on the team next season?
The Kansas City Chiefs are set to begin another playoff run on Saturday as they'll host the Miami Dolphins in primetime. Despite another AFC West title, expectations are the lowest for the team heading into the postseason in the Patrick Mahomes era.
The Chiefs have a severely underwhelming season (for their standards) with numerous issues weighing them down. The offense has not been the prolific unit that fans have grown accustomed to and turnovers have been a consistent problem.
Although the season isn't over yet, let's review a handful of players who might be entering their final playoff run with Kansas City and the odds each are on a new team next season.
Justin Reid is one of the more difficult players to gauge. On one hand, Steve Spagnuolo has always liked to have a veteran safety to lead the secondary. It's why Kansas City signed Tyrann Mathieu in 2019 and Reid in 2022.
Reid will be entering the final season of his three-year contract in 2024, where his cap hit is scheduled to be $14.25M, up slightly from $12.7M in 2023. If the Chiefs were to release him, there would be a dead cap charge of $3.5M, saving $10.75M in the case of a release or trade.
Although Justin Reid hasn't been a bad player for the Chiefs, I'm not sure he's worth the $14.25M cap hit. Given how Kansas City invested a second-round pick in Bryan Cook and a third-round pick in Chamarri Conner, both safeties, it makes sense for the team to use the $10.75M in savings on other parts of the team.
Odds that he's back: 50%