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“The Chiefs will need to get creative if they hope to land Collins,” Lombardo wrote. “However, sense around the league during the NFL Combine is that Collins would be among Kansas City’s prime targets if he reached free agency. After reportedly releasing Justin Houston, the Chiefs would create $14 million in addition cap space this offseason. General manager Brett Veach could essentially swap Houston for Collins and pair him alongside Eric Berry. Familiarity with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo could also help lead Collins to Kansas City. It is no secret that the Chiefs aim to bolster their defense this offseason, and Collins would push them closer to reaching the Super Bowl.”
Kareem Jackson CB Texans
The one player who stands out above the rest is Kareem Jackson. He’s been the model of consistency throughout his career. He’s never played in less than 12 games in a single season, and he’s only gone 1-of-9 seasons without recording an interception. Yes, Jackson is on the wrong side of 30, but there is no reason why the Chiefs shouldn’t offer him and incentive-laden contract for a couple of years.
The word “record-setting” has led many observers to believe that Hill – who set a Chiefs’ single-season franchise record for receiving in 2018 with 1,479 yards, catching 87 passes and 13 touchdowns – would become the NFL’s highest-paid receiver. Hill is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and this is the first time the Chiefs and Hill can enter into negations for a new deal.
LB Dee Ford
(Cap Savings: $15.4M)
Ford is at a age where the Chiefs likely can’t justify paying an edge rusher that will be 28 this season, with a previous back injury and has lacked sustained success during his career. The former 2014 first round pick has been inconsistent and didn’t reach his full potential until a contract year was on the line. Now is the time for the Chiefs to get a their best return on Ford through a trade. Ford could play the weak side defensive end for the Chiefs scheme this season but his struggles in run defense make him a weakness in the front seven.
“They can expect a lot of energy,” cornerback Lonnie Johnson explained. “Expect him to probably punch through a board if the linebackers are not playing well. He’s going to come with a different type of savviness to him.”
The Kansas City Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Dee Ford, but that doesn’t mean the pass rusher will remain in K.C. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Chiefs are open to trading Ford. Rapoport noted on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football that it might only take a second-round pick to pry the 27-year-old linebacker from K.C.
Kansas State: Running back Alex Barnes and offensive tackle Dalton Risner
Barnes put on a show in Indianapolis, beginning on the bench press with 34 reps – the most among running backs. For context, only three players (1 offensive lineman and 2 defensive linemen) tallied more on the bench. Barnes also recorded a 4.10-second 20-yard shuttle (1st among running backs), a 6.95-second 3-cone drill (2nd among running backs), a 38.5-inch vertical jump (3rd among running backs) and a 126.0-inch broad jump (5th among running backs).
Conley likely won’t be back with the team next season and Benjamin isn’t a sure thing either. Dieter showed promise near the end of the 2018 season and could be someone the Chiefs use as a fourth string option. Coates and Grayson were just signed a few weeks ago and Kemp has mostly been utilized as a special teams guy.
Speaks could easily be the one to replace Houston. He was acquired by current general manager Brett Veach, who traded up in the second round last year to get into position to draft Speaks. The Chiefs plan to switch to a 4-3 base defensive system and Veach recently indicated he believed Speaks was better suited to play an end position rather than outside linebacker, which he played as a rookie.
Houston also has been informed that the Chiefs will try to trade him, a source told ESPN, and if no deal is reached he will be released. Houston carries a salary-cap number of $21.1 million for next season; trading or releasing him would save the Chiefs $14 million against the salary cap.
This is a rock-and-a-hard-place situation for Kansas City. Houston was very good for the Chiefs in 2018, as our extensive film review revealed, as he adjusted to his advancing age and beat blockers by using power and technique. The problem here isn’t Houston’s play; it’s his contract. Signed after his transcendent 2014 season — he came half a sack shy of the all-time record — the megadeal he signed called for Houston to account for $21.1 million against the cap in 2019. By moving on from him, the Chiefs will save a full $14 million, leaving them room to be more aggressive in free agency.