TRADE #1: THE SAFETY DANCE
Chiefs trade: Deon Bush, S
Browns trade: Trystan Hill, DT
It should come as no surprise here that the Chiefs would do their best to find some help along the defensive interior. At this point, the early season woes are piling up and it's quite possible the Chiefs are without their top two 3-tech tackles inside with even more frustrations to add than that. Basically, the Chiefs are looking pitiful in the trenches, at least on the defensive side, in the early going of the year.
So where in the world could the Chiefs go shopping? Remember this: the Chiefs just can't grab a guy off of waivers. They're low in the order and will likely miss out on any target worth capturing. That means trade is likely the way to go to really plug a hole.
The good news is that the Chiefs can go shopping with their surplus at safety. No one wants to rid themselves of any bright young prospects, so any trade is going to be one bit part for another, but fortunately the Chiefs aren't in a position to import a massive defensive line talent at this point on the NFL calendar either.
With the starting tandem of Bryan Cook and Justin Reid sitting atop the depth chart and Mike Edwards and fourth-round rookie Chamarri Conner behind them, the Chiefs have loads of talent in the secondary. That makes a reliable vet like Deon Bush a desirable asset for other teams who are looking for someone dependable to come in, provide some depth and security, and aid special teams units as a core performer.
For the Browns, he would slot behind Juan Thornhill as a nice import from K.C. who comes with further championship experience and fills a need at a pretty thin position beyond the first three on the roster.
As for the Chiefs' return, the Browns have a nice front line where it looks like Trysten Hill could be the odd man out in a competition with Mo Hurst and Jordan Elliott. Hill was originally drafted by the Cowboys back in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. While he never panned out as a starter, Hill has a big frame at 6'3, 310 lbs. to be able to eat up space along the line while also showing some disruptive abilities from time to time.
Hill played for the Cardinals last year and is quickly earning journeyman status, but he'd be a step up from some other players looking to make the roster and that elevated floor could make a nice difference in the first half of the season until some of the absent players are able to make it back.