2 former Chiefs who won’t live up to their new contracts

... but we wish them the best.

Super Bowl LVIII - San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs
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The Kansas City Chiefs lost key contributors this offseason but that's going to happen to Super Bowl-caliber teams. Teams can't keep everyone if you want to compete for a championship and the Chiefs had to make tough decisions.

There are two players in particular who signed inked deals with new teams that they probably won't live up to for one reason or another. Maybe the deal was simply just too expensive and it'll be nearly impossible for the player to live up to or maybe the player just wasn't worthy of inking such a big deal in the first place.

Let's look at two former Chiefs who will have a tough time living up to these contracts.

Nick Allegretti

Don't get me wrong, Chiefs fans should be thrilled for Nick Allegretti after he signed a three-year deal worth $16 million with the Washington Commanders. Allegretti was the ultimate backup offensive lineman during his five-year stint in Kansas City and was one of the heroes during the most recent Super Bowl run when he stepped in for an injured Joe Thuney and played well.

The problem with the Commanders giving Allegretti this deal is that the former seventh-round pick hasn't been a full-time starter during his half-decade in the NFL. In the 2023 regular season, he played just 80 snaps. In 2022, he played significantly more snaps (286) and struggled in pass-blocking. PFF gave him a pass-blocking grade of 35.4 that season.

The Commanders desperately need a better offensive line for their rookie quarterback in 2024, as they allowed Sam Howell to be sacked a whopping 65 times this past season. I'm not sure that Allegretti will live up to the deal he signed mostly because he hasn't been a full-time starter during his career and there's going to be a lot more expectations

L'Jarius Sneed

After constantly hearing trade rumors about L'Jarius Sneed, the Chiefs finally shipped their star cornerback off to Nashville where he'll now be donning various shades of blue. Sneed was a rockstar in Kansas City's secondary and was a huge piece of their Super Bowl run this past season. Arguably the biggest play of the postseason was when Sneed knocked the ball out of Zay Flowers' hands ahead of the goal-line in the AFC Championship Game and Chiefs fans certainly won't forget him.

That being said, he's now a member of the Titans. While some might think the Chiefs got fleeced in the deal, the Titans ended up extending Sneed right away, signing him to a massive four-year deal worth $76 million. Sneed has been an incredible player during his short time in the league but it's going to be difficult for him to live up to this deal.

Carrington Harrison of 610 Sports has tweeted on numerous occasions that Sneed's knee is not in good shape. If this ends up being the case, Tennessee could really live to regret signing the cornerback to this kind of deal.

Also, the Titans are entering year two of the Will Levis experiment and are rebuilding this year. They might not even be good in time for this contract to work out for them.

Chiefs fans want to see both Sneed and Allegretti perform well for their new teams but these contracts might be difficult for the two former Chiefs to live up to.