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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Glad they stayed: Drue Tranquill

It's always fun stealing players from division rivals but it's even more fun when that player goes on to become a beast and a fan-favorite. Drue Tranquill did just that this past season, really emerging for the defense when Nick Bolton had to miss time due to injury. Tranquill finished the season with 4.5 sacks and 78 tackles through 16 regular season games.

Fans already had fallen in love with Tranquill during the season but he became a legend during the Super Bowl parade when he said that Kansas City is better than Los Angeles. It's hard not to love Tranquill since he's a great player and clearly loves being in Kansas City. That's why having him back, especially on an affordable three-year deal worth $19 million.

Wish they stayed: Tommy Townsend

Chiefs fans knew that Tommy Townsend's time with the team was coming to an end when Matt Araiza was signed a few weeks after the Super Bowl. Townsend had been a big part of the team during the Super Bowl run this past season but he went on to sign a two-year deal worth $6 million with the Houston Texans.

Townsend was a great punter for the Chiefs but the team needed to cut costs where they could so it wasn't shocking that they didn't bring the former Florida punter back. They have a clear cut replacement in Araiza, who was nicknamed "Punt God" coming out of college, so moving on made sense here. It'll still be weird seeing Townsend in a Texans uniform next season though.