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 UFA’s for the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense.
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 important offseason dates, check the AG Offseason Calendar.
In stark comparison to the defensive unit discussed recently, the Kansas City Chiefs offense enters the offseason relatively intact. In fact, a case could be made that even if the Chiefs chose not to re-sign any of these players the offense would likely pick up where they left off last year, i.e. winning a Lombardi (in case you forgot).
Of course, it would be a very unlikely scenario to not see any of these players return. And a very short article, as well. I think the name that will stick out to most people right off the bat is the mohawked and tattooed elephant in the room, Anthony Sherman. It seems like every year Sherman appears on one of these lists and every year the case is made that the fullback position isn’t utilized enough not to grab up a few million dollars in cap space by letting him go. But I’ve learned my lesson. If one offensive player from this list is on the Chiefs roster in 2020 it WILL be Anthony Sherman. Death, taxes, and Anthony Sherman. They’re inevitable.
The next player Brett Veach should hand a contract and pen is Stefen Wisniewski. The veteran guard filled out the interior to finish out the year and played well. At 31 he likely isn’t staring down the barrel of a multi-year deal and should he come at a reasonable cap hit, so he deserves a spot on the squad. From here, it becomes slightly more difficult to find players who don’t come with a fair amount of indifference associated with their retention. Many will point to Matt Moore as a player who performed well enough to be brought back next year, and I would agree. However, with a large free agent quarterback market this year, it remains to be seen if a better option to back up Patrick Mahomes may become available for a similar value. If not, Moore should be retained.
Rumors are circulating that Demarcus Robinson could be out in Kansas City, as suitors will be able to outbid the Chiefs for his services. Blake Bell and Spencer Ware are players I wouldn’t mind seeing back in Kansas City in 2020 on budget contracts, however many will point to wanting a better TE2 option than Bell and Ware’s injury history as reasons to move on. Chad Henne and LeSean McCoy were both players that left fans perplexed as they seemingly occupied wasted roster spots late in the year. There is little to no chance either will be with the team moving forward.
Sound off, Arrowhead guys & gals: 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?