It’s been a rough off season already for Chiefs fans and technically the off season hasn’t really started. The combine has just started and on March 14th, the free agency period will start.
One of the biggest moves yet so far is the Marcus Peters trade to the LA Rams.
I didn’t fully agree with the trade but it is over and becoming official soon. I would have been okay with the trade if we would have gotten better compensation for the trade, but we did not and I believe we could have kept Peters for one more year and made our defense a unit that would stress out all opposing offenses.
The Chiefs now have to find another cornerback to add to their roster and some other vital pieces to make sure the unit is solidified with Peters, Derrick Johnson, Ron Parker, Tamba Hali, Bennie Logan, and Dee Ford more than likely moving on from KC.
The Chiefs can start replacing these pieces by stacking up the defense in the NFL Draft with young, well-rounded talents. It would have been nice to grab a first round pick for Marcus Peters, but no team was willing to risk a first rounder this year for a cornerback who plays with a temper on his sleeve. I believe we could find his potential replacement with our first option to pick in this draft.
Jaire Alexander, (CB) Louisville
Alexander could be the best available option when it is our turn to replace our All Pro cornerback Marcus Peters.
He has many attributes that NFL teams love in corners. He’s fast, physical, and has amazing ball awareness. Alexander totaled 77 tackles, 15 defended passes, and seven interceptions during his three years at Louisville. Five of those seven picks came during his sophomore season in 2016.
The cornerback is also similar to Patrick Peterson in his ability to return punts, which could help take slack off of Tyreek Hill and also replace DeAnthony Thomas.
The Chiefs have other options at corner with Peters gone, but I believe this is the best and cheapest way to help the Chiefs defense now and in the future.
Recruit the Brother!
Kyle Fuller is an elite cornerback who is heading into free agency during the prime of his career. I believe the Chicago Bears will tag him, because he is a stud. It would be so nice to have a family reunion in Kansas City.
Imagine Fuller brothers playing side by side in Kansas City. This could be the start of a “No Fly Zone” in Kansas City.
Kendall Fuller was a great pickup, because he is considered to be the best slot cornerback in the game.
He would be a great addition to KC, but as tempting as it sounds, I don’t believe Chicago will let an elite 26 year old cornerback walk out the door.
Kendall Fuller’s old teammate…
Bashaud Breeland could be another cornerback that the Chiefs could add in free agency. This could also be worth the risk. Would Washington let another top cornerback go in free agency after already losing Kendall Fuller?
Washington had a trio of cornerbacks last year, but I don’t see them letting this 26 year old cornerback hit the market. Chiefs GM Veach could go grab this guy if he hits the market as he is similar to Fuller in playmaking abilities and his proven defense against the deep ball.
Breeland isn’t quite on Kyle Fuller’s level. He’s a solid young cornerback, but he won’t be cheap.
Cheap CB for the Chiefs
Rashaan Melvin is another prototype cornerback that a lot of NFL analysts do not talk about on the market.
Melvin has great speed and size. He has the big frame that the Chiefs have known to love, but have missed since Sean Smith left for the Raiders.
He was rated one of the best corners in the league last year, but the question could be whether Sutton and the other defensive playmakers make this kid better. This could be a cheap steal in free agency and he could flourish in the correct system.
I’m not Brett Veach, but I do believe it is a must to help find an option for replacing Marcus Peters. You can’t replace Peters with one player, but I believe that these are some top cornerbacks that could help our defense strive. These are all corners who could come in an make a big impact.
I really want Kyle Fuller to come to the Chiefs but he’s most likely getting tagged. Personally, I believe that the best option is adding Breeland, should he become available, but also adding Jaire Alexander in the draft if he is there.