Figure out what to do with Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Clyde Edwards-Helaire currently stands as one of the most divisive players on the Chiefs roster. His 2022 season was marred by injuries, and he found himself surpassed by rookie Isiah Pacheco on the depth chart.
As of now, Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon are projected to be the primary running backs once again this season, leaving uncertainty regarding Edwards-Helaire's role. It's possible that Andy Reid intends to utilize him as the third running back. However, I also believe there is a considerable chance that rookie Deneric Prince could emerge as a sleeper and secure a spot on the 53-man roster following training camp. If the Chiefs decide to go with Prince, they will need to determine whether to carry four running backs or part ways with Edwards-Helaire. In the event of his release, the team would only save $865K against the cap, or $2.1M if he is traded.
While it may seem unlikely for Clyde Edwards-Helaire to return, he is currently part of the team. There is a possibility that the Chiefs could sign another running back to serve as the third option, potentially leading to the trade of CEH or Prince outperforming him for the spot. Ultimately, the team must make a decision on whether to retain Edwards-Helaire on the roster. While he is a solid player, it is evident that Pacheco and McKinnon have surpassed him, and the Chiefs may prioritize team chemistry when making their decision regarding him. Ideally, they would have it figured out before training camp, but that appears unlikely.