I already broke down what I would do with the current roster decisions in Kansas City, but this article we’re looking at some free agents that make some sense on this team. We’re going to look at one free agent at nearly every positions, and their fit with the team. No contract structure talked about, just some thoughts on players that Brett Veach could be evaluating right now.
Excluded Positions: QB, FB, TE, OT, DE, S, K, P
Free Agent: Matt Breida (RFA), San Francisco 49ers
Matt Breida has had an interesting career in San Francisco. It started hot in 2018, having 814 yards, including three 100-yard games. This year, though, his yards dropped significantly due to lack of carries, down to just 623. The last game he had over 10 carries was in week 10. Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman overtook Breida’s job. Still, he’s uber-talented.
Breida has a ton of speed, and when you get him on some stretch runs he can take it to the house. He plays with good vision, runs downhill hard and once he reaches the second level, he’s gone. He’s not going to make you miss much and he doesn’t run with a lot of power, but his speed makes him valuable. He also has 67 catches in 3 seasons, which makes him even more valuable in this offense. With a really good free agent and draft class at running back, Breida may fall under the radar. He’ll only be 25 by free agency. As a potentially cheap option at running back, Breida makes a ton of sense.
Free Agent: Dontrelle Inman
This all depends if Sammy Watkins stays with this team. If he does, then we don’t really need to target a receiver. If he leaves, then we may need a cheap, veteran receiver to provide a steadying presence. Inman may be that guy.
Inman’s had a really tough few years of late. Some injuries have brought him down, and he’s been on plenty of teams over the years. Still, he has a lot of size and a large catch radius. If he wants to find a way to revive his career, Kansas City may help. He can be a red zone threat for us, something we need. With Inman, Pringle, and a draft pick, we may be able to squeak by at wide receiver.
Free Agent: Andrus Peat
Guard could be a position where the Chiefs spend a lot of money, but after looking at options, nothing really intrigues me, Brandon Scherff would be cool, but he likely prices himself out of Kansas City. I think I’d like to go with more of a reclamation project, someone who can revive their career, then we get a compensatory pick a year later. Enter, Andrus Peat.
Peat isn’t bad, he just hasn’t lived up to his draft stock. Originally, he was an offensive tackle, but with Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk, Peat moved to left guard. With some injuries and inconsistencies inside, he hasn’t found consistent success. Still, he’s a really good athlete, and has good quickness. Andy Reid loves that out of his guards (i.e. Jeff Allen, Zach Fulton, Martinas Rankin). As a cheap, one-year deal, Peat could make a lot of sense, while letting Allegretti and Rankin develop.
Free Agent: Ben Garland
We’re not going to sign both of these guys, but if we want to replace Austin Reiter and not put Nick Allegretti in, Garland makes a ton of sense. He was the backup to Weston Richburg in San Francisco, and he filled in well. He’s not exactly great in pass protection, but as a run blocker, he’s significantly better than Reiter. He’s a mauler in the run game, setting a physical tone on the interior.
He’s a little older at already 31 years old, but if he wants a full-time starting job, he could sign really cheap in Kansas City and work with a significantly better quarterback. He would be an upgrade over Austin Reiter.
Free Agent: A’Shawn Robinson
Now, finally; the Defense. If Chris Jones and Mike Pennel come back, then we don’t need a defensive tackle. In the event that one of them don’t, I love the idea of A’Shawn Robinson. Robinson, a 24 year old, 320 lb. defensive tackle is a mauler in the run game. He sets a very physical tone at the line of scrimmage and is really hard to run at. As a pass rusher he only has 6 sacks in 4 years, but he’s still only 24. He could continue to improve there.
Steve Spagnuolo likes really big defensive tackles. If he wants to work with Brendan Daly on a one-year deal, Robinson makes a ton of sense. Like Peat, he could revive his career, get paid elsewhere, and we earn a compensatory pick. I don’t see this as likely, but with free agency you never truly know.
Free Agent: Jamie Collins
Even an offseason later, Jamie Collins still makes sense on this team. His role in New England was diminished a bit due to their other depth, but he still made an impact. He played some SAM linebacker, but also on the defensive line. Collins still has really good athleticism for his size, but at this point, he mainly provides help as a blitzer.
With his familiarity with Daly he could potentially replace Reggie Ragland or Damien Wilson. He may not provide much, but our linebackers need some athleticism. Expect him to pursue 1-2 year deals with contenders. If we signed him, I’d be super happy.
Free Agent: Byron Jones
If I could splurge money on only one position, it would be cornerback. Charvarius Ward and Rashad Fenton are fine, but we need a serious talent injection. They played well this year, but they were really protected by our safeties. Enter Byron Jones.
Jones is an uber-athletic zone corner. He fits exactly what Steve Spagnuolo wants. He can play man coverage, but he like to drift in zone when it’s practical. He doesn’t have fantastic ball skills, but he’s not going to be beat vertically. In two years, he’s the only cornerback to ever best Michael Thomas.
I doubt we have the capital to spend for Jones, but if we do, we may have the best defense in football. Combine Thornhill, Mathieu, and Jones?! That’s a true “no-fly zone”. Spagnuolo would have so much fun with those guys.