First things first: Unrestricted Free Agents, or UFAs, are players whose contracts are due to expire and have four or more accrued seasons of service. Once Free Agency begins they are free to sign with any team. Here is the list of UFAs for the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense.
The Chiefs have until March 18th to re-sign their own Free Agents before the official start of Free Agency. Of course with the new NFL rules, teams can begin “legally tampering” with other players beginning March 16th. For more signifiant offseason dates, check the AG Offseason Calendar.
This looks to be a particularly challenging offseason for Brett Veach and the Kansas City Chiefs as the defensive unit faces what will likely be another overhaul. Half of the starting defense and several other key contributors are no longer under contract with the club. Most notably is one Chris Jones, who is looking to become one of the highest paid defenders in the league and deservedly so. However with only six teams in the NFL having less cap space than the Chiefs not many are hopeful that Jones will get that contract in Kansas City. With a potential trade looming the question becomes which players can be retained with the team’s limited salary cap.
Keith Reaser is an obvious candidate to bring back on a budget contract. Beyond him I would like to see the team make retaining Mike Pennel, Reggie Ragland and Emmanuel Ogbah a priority if manageable deals can be agreed to. While I expect Bashaud Breeland to price himself out of the Chiefs budget I believe Kendall Fuller might be a player willing to sign a 1-year prove it deal to see if he can bounce back after a couple down seasons hampered by injury.
Sound off, Arrowhead guys. Who are you willing to pay for, who would you like to bring back if the price is right, and who do you never want to see on the field again?