6 players the Chiefs were right to cut ties with after 2023

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Winning championships is difficult and if the Kansas City Chiefs want to continue to be at the top of the NFL mountain, they have to continue to make tough decisions every offseason. This could mean moving on from good players who might continue to be good players after their time in KC comes to an end. It could also mean having to find upgrades for the players who didn't live up to the hype so the Chiefs can improve in those spots.

Let's look at six players that the Chiefs were wise to part ways with during the 2024 offseason.

Blaine Gabbert

When Chad Henne decided to retire following Super Bowl LVII, the Chiefs had to find a new backup quarterback. They went with former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert, who had played his college ball at Missouri and had grown accustomed to serving in a backup role.

Fortunately, Gabbert only made two appearances during the regular season with one of those being a start in the final week of the season when the Chiefs rested their starters ahead of the playoffs. The Chiefs opted to sign former second overall pick Carson Wentz this offseason, signaling the end of Gabbert's time with Kansas City.

Wentz is an upgrade over Gabbert to backup Mahomes and fans will feel a little bit better about the team's chances of winning should Mahomes have to miss a few games. Where Gabbert does have Wentz beat is in Super Bowl titles but maybe KC can help Wentz get his second ring this upcoming season.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling

The Chiefs signed Marquez Valdes-Scantling in 2022 hoping that he'd beef up their wide receiver room after Tyreek Hill was traded. MVS' first season in KC saw him haul in 42 catches for 687 yards and two touchdowns and his numbers were cut in half in Year 2, with 21 catches for 315 yards and one trip into the end zone.

MVS won't be remembered for what he did during the regular season but the guy showed up in the playoffs, making several clutch grabs in key moments. One of those was the touchdown catch he had in the AFC Championship Game against the Bengals in the 2023 playoffs and another was the third-down grab he had in this year's AFC title game in Baltimore.

That being said, moving on from MVS was the right decision because it saved the Chiefs money and allowed them to try and revamp the wide receiver room.