4 free agents the Kansas City Chiefs were wise to stay away from

Now that the first wave of free agency is over, what are some of the signings that the Chiefs were wise to not make themselves?

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is shown with the ball against the Jets. The
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is shown with the ball against the Jets. The / Kevin R. Wexler - The Record / USA TODAY
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Chase Young, Edge

The contract: 1 year, $13M ($12.55M guaranteed) with the New Orleans Saints

Heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, many experts considered Chase Young as a bona fide blue chip prospect. After a hot start, winning Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2020, he hasn't been the same player many projected him to be. To his defense, a lot of that can be attributed to a brutal knee injury suffered in the 2021 season.

After a middling start to the 2023 season, Washington traded him to the 49ers in exchange for just a 3rd round pick. Granted, he was a pending free agent but that's not a lot for a former 2nd overall pick at a premium position.

This wasn't exactly a home run of a move by San Francisco. It wasn't a complete disaster, he did have a sack in Super Bowl LVIII, but he was trending for an alleged poor effort in the NFC Championship Game.

Though it wasn't a long-term contract, it's for the best that the Chiefs didn't match or beat the deal by the Saints. Steve Spagnuolo would not have been a fan of signing player who (allegedly) did not give 100% in a conference championship game.