3 former Kansas City Chiefs players we’re glad stayed, 3 we wish stayed

Chiefs fans were thrilled to see these guys stay but devastated to see the others leave.

Dec 10, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (95)
Dec 10, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (95) / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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The Kansas City Chiefs haven't experienced an uneventful offseason in quite some time and that's to be expected when you're contending for Super Bowls every year. The Chiefs always have to make some difficult decisions during free agency and this year was no exception.

Some big names were slated to hit free agency this offseason and, as per usual, the Chiefs lost some big names. Unlike past years, though, it felt as though KC was able to retain more of their key free agents than usual.

Let's take a look at three Chiefs that fans were thrilled stuck in KC for the foreseeable future and three that they wish had done the same.

Glad they stayed: Chris Jones

This is an easy one. If you had surveyed Chiefs fans ahead of free agency, the majority of them probably would have predicted that Chris Jones wouldn't return to Kansas City. Jones sat out the season opener against the Lions due to contract negotiations not going the way he wanted so it sure didn't feel as though the two would agree on a deal that the long-time Chief would be happy with.

Well, before free agency even got underway, Jones and the Chiefs agreed on a five-year deal worth $158 million. This likely means that Jones will retire a Chief and that's welcomed news for Chiefs Kingdom.

Wish they stayed: Willie Gay

The writing was on the wall that Willie Gay wouldn't be returning to Kansas City. The final indicator that he probably wasn't coming back was after the wild card round when he said that he likely played his last game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Sure enough, when free agency began, the Chiefs re-signed Drue Tranquill (more on him in a bit) and Gay ended up signing with the New Orleans Saints on a one-year deal. Gay was a second-round pick by the Chiefs in 2020 and started double-digit games in three of his four seasons in KC.

It'll be a bummer not having Gay in the linebacker room but fans had prepared themselves for his eventual departure.