4 overrated free agents the Kansas City Chiefs should stay away from

Here are four players that Kansas City should absolutely avoid, unless they come with an offer that's too good to pass up.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have plenty of tough choices looming in free agency, which technically opens Mar. 13 at 3 PM Arrowhead time. The two-time reigning Super Bowl champions already brought back Drue Tranquil ahead of next week's dateline, keeping a key cob in a championship defense. But, the Chiefs have plenty of holes to address in free agency.

Pick a side of the ball, there is a litany of open spots on the depth chart. The Chiefs' payroll decisions, namely defensive tackle Chris Jones and cornerback L'Jarius Sneed, will certainly impact the pursuit of a three-peat dynasty. General manager Brett Veach has to be smart, calculated, and have a touch of luck for a successful offseason.

The free agency pool is brimming with players, but only a select few will make the headlines, and that includes the ones listed here. However, there are four players that Kansas City should absolutely steer clear of, unless they come with an offer that's too good to pass up.

RB Derrick Henry

Update: Derrick Henry signed a two-year, $16 million (worth up to $20 million) contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

Don't get me wrong, I love Derrick Henry. He is a unique running back, one that fans 20 years from now will look back on as an icon of his position. But, every player's career hits that downward turn, with an eventual end. Henry is approaching that end, and many have to wonder what he has left in the tank.

The productive years for an NFL running backs are extremely limited, a trend reaching its peak in recent seasons. Henry has defied that in recent seasons, leading the league in rushing attempts in four of the last five seasons. The Tennessee Titans needed Henry to carry the franchise, and he did exactly that.

Henry's 2,030 career carries are the second-most in the league since 2016, and nearly 500 more than former Chiefs running back Melvin Gordon in third place. Past the 30-year-old marker, no team should rely on Henry being the back he once was. He can still be dynamic and a team's top option, but he isn't going to turn around an offense all on his own.

Kansas City needs to add a running back in free agency, at the very least. Henry will be an enticing option, but his limited per-touch production in recent seasons, and lacking pass-catching talents, do not make him a fit in Kansas City.