2. The Ingram import (2021)
Chiefs receive: OLB Melvin Ingram
Pittsburgh Steelers receive: 2022 sixth-round pick
It is easy to forget how impactful this trade was in 2021. The Chiefs' pass rush was abysmal, between Christ Jones attempting to move outside full-time and Frank Clark struggling with an injury. The Chiefs were days removed from an embarrassing 27-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans, dropping to 3-4 on the season.
I am not saying that Melvin Ingram turned the season around for Kansas City. But, the defense looked revitalized upon his arrival. The Cheifs went on a 9-14 run, while the defense allowed more than 20 points on only three occasions. Ingram brought new life to the unit and impacted the game much more than his lone sack shows.
The former AFC West rival did not win a ring or have a Super Bowl appearance with the Chiefs, but his time in Kansas City will be remembered fondly.
3. The Fenton flyer (2022)
Chiefs receive: Conditional 2023 seventh-round pick (not conveyed)
Atlanta Falcons receive: CB Rashad Fenton
I remember fans being mad about this trade at the time, but a year has made many forget Fenton was even a Chief. The Chiefs drafted Fenton 201st overall in the 2019 draft and he served as a dependable depth piece in his Chiefs tenure. He had a decent 2021 campaign and had five starts for Kansas City in 2022.
But those starts likely only came in the absence of rookie Trent McDuffie's injury. Once McDuffie was ready for a return, Kansas City traded Fenton to the Falcons, where he only played in two games. He is currently on the IR with the Arizona Cardinals.