3 former Chiefs players who failed with their new team in 2023

The grass isn't always greener.

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The Kansas City Chiefs lost some impact players in the 2023 offseason. Some of those players went on to play well with their new teams while others can't say the same thing.

Whether injuries played a factor or the player just flat-out underperformed in their new location, these players did not get what they bargained for when they left Kansas City seeking more money.

JuJu Smith-Schuster

After five years in Pittsburgh, JuJu Smith-Schuster signed with the Chiefs in 2022 as their WR1 following the trade of Tyreek Hill to Miami. By that point, Smith-Schuster wasn't the superstar that he looked to be early in his career but he put together a nice year in KC, securing 78 receptions for 933 yards and three touchdowns.

The Patriots dangled a three-year contract worth $25.5 million in front of Smith-Schuster and he couldn't pass it up, joining Bill Belichick for what would end up being his last year in New England. The Patriots are likely regretting bringing Smith-Schuster in, as he appeared in just 11 games due to injury and only had 29 catches for 260 yards and scored just one touchdown.

New England tried bringing in a solid weapon for Mac Jones and it did not go according to plan. The Patriots can only really get out of this contract if they're able to find a trade partner for Smith-Schuster, which seems unlikely considering how poorly his 2023 season went.

JuJu Smith-Schuster probably wishes he had taken less money and stayed in Kansas City. He'd have two Super Bowl rings if he had.