The Kansas City Chiefs ended the 2017 season with a sense of depression for some coaches, players, and fans… Everyone knows that the team was much better than their performance against the Tennessee Titans. Who could the team target during the 2018 free agency period to help reach their potential?
The top positions of need could vary depending on who you ask, but just for fun, let’s assume that they build the defense primarily through the draft…
1. Jarvis Landry, Wideout, Miami Dolphins
It could be very likely that the Dolphins could step up to pay Landry, but the 25-year old wideout has said that he would not take a hometown discount. This could open the door for general manager Brett Veach and the Chiefs to grab a offensive and special teams stand out that could give Kansas City it’s best receiving duo it has had in decades.
2017 Stats: Receptions (112), Receiving yards (987), Touchdowns (9)
2. Jamaal Charles, Running back, Denver Broncos
I’ll wait until you stop laughing… Alright. Yes, Charles has lost a lot of speed and durability. Yes, he is on the back end of his career. And yes, he may retire.
However, the Chiefs could very well move on from running back Charcandrick West this off-season. West has certainly been serviceable, but with his 2018 cap hit sitting at just north of $2 million, the team could use him as trade bate for a needy team like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who could be moving on from battle running back Doug Martin.
Charles is a fan favorite and could likely be brought in on a veteran minimum deal that would give some needed leadership to rookie phenom Kareem Hunt. As a bonus, it would allow Charles the option to retire after next season with the team that drafted him and saw him become the most dynamic rusher in team history.
2017 Stats: Rushing attempts (69), Rushing yards (296), Touchdowns (1)
3. Richard Rodgers, Tight end, Green Bay Packers
This off-season, we could see a different approach to free agency and the draft, with general manager Veach still trying to make his mark on this Chiefs team. Former GM John Dorsey was well known for bringing in players from his former employer via free agency.
Rodgers would help solidify a sneakily weak position for the Chiefs. Projected #2 tight end Demetrius Harris has had strong moments and seemed to have a connection with quarterback of the future Patrick Mahomes. However, his career has been over-shadowed by a very large number of dropped passes. To make matters worse, third string tight end Charles Olson dropped a pivitol pass in the wild card playoff against Tennessee that surely will remain engraved in the memories of Chiefs fans.
2017 Stats: Receptions (12), Receiving yards (160), Touchdowns (1)
4. Josh McCown, Quarterback, New York Jets
Since the majority of the NFL believes that Alex Smith has concluded his career in Kansas City, let’s assume that we need some quarterback depth. The beauty of a move to add Josh McCown is that he would likely come at a low cost and if pushed into action, he has proven to be more than capable to lead an offense.
The 2018 Chiefs roster already has more talent offensively and a better defense than what he had with the Jets. According to many of the insiders that cover the Jets, McCown is a fantastic leader and a great mentor. This is a win-win for everyone.
2017 Stats: QB rating (94.5%), Passing yards (2,926), Touchdowns (18)
5. Kyle Fuller, Corner back, Chicago Bears
Despite the fact that almost every mock draft out there has the Chiefs selecting a corner back with their first selection in April’s draft, that should not be the only addition to that position group.
Kansas City’s solutions for their #2 corner spot expanded to four or five different players in 2017… and the results were very disturbing. Corner back Terrence Mitchell has shown great promise, but is very sporadic in his ability to use good awareness when in man coverage.
The answer could be in Chicago’s Kyle Fuller. The former Virginia Tech Hokie will come as a project, but also had the best season of his career on a revamped Bears defense this past season.
2017 Stats: Tackles (69), Passes defensed (22), Interceptions (2)
Other positions of need: Offensive line, defensive line, safety, outside linebacker