Edge Players The Chiefs Should Avoid
There are a lot of free agent "names" available, but that doesn't mean that they make a lot of sense for the Chiefs. The reason these players don't make sense include being overpriced, injury prone, past their prime, or some combination of all of those reasons. These players include:
Yannick Ngokoue - Ngokoue had 9.5 sacks last season, but he's undersized and his run defense is terrible. Plus, advanced metrics show his pass rush ability is dropping off despite the sack numbers. Bottom line is he doesn't seem like a fit for KC and his price tag likely won't be worth what you get from him.
Jadeveon Clowney - Clowney is still a really good player versus the run, but he simply doesn't get a lot of outpressure on the quarterback. Players like that simply don't warrant the price tag that Clowney's name will bring.
Robert Quinn - The Chiefs were reportedly interested in trying to bring Quinn to KC a couple of seasons ago, but hopefully that's not still the case. Quinn in another undersized edge who offers little against the run and last season the pass rush dropped off too as he managed just one sack in over 400 snaps.
Trey Flowers - At one point Flowers was one of the more promising edge players in the league and that keeps his name on many free agent lists, but the truth is that he hasn't been able to play more than 7 games in a season since 2019 because of injuries.
Jason Pierre-Paul - JPP has history with Steve Spagnuolo and fits his ideal edge mold perfectly, but the 34 year old just doesn't look like he has anything left in the tank at this point and doesn't seem like a good fit to add outside pass rush help.
Now that we've cleared up what players you should keep off your wish list for the Chiefs, let's look at the options that are a better fit, starting with the guys that already have a history in KC.