We’re continuing our mini-series of some offseason scenarios the Chiefs are having. I’ll admit, this scenario is VERY unlikely to actually happen. Watkins and Jones are both too talented to let go, but just for fun and to kill time, let’s look at a way the Chiefs could work an offseason like that.
Step 1: Cut Sammy Watkins
Watkins immediately saves us 14 million in cap space. With only 13 million left over, this gives us a chance to replace talent, and roll over some cap space. I like Sammy, but he’s too inconsistent and injury prone to be making that much money.
Step 2: Franchise and Trade Chris Jones
This one hurts. If we’re getting rid of Watkins, we need to keep Jones. But, again, this is just a “fun” hypothetical, so we’re also trading Jones. This gives us ample cap space to play with, while securing extra picks.
We’re using the same trade package as before.
- Pick 26, 70, and 224 from Miami, 128 to Miami
Step 3: Cut Cam Erving, Dustin Colquitt, LDT, Austin Reiter, Damien Wilson
With these 5 players being cut, we save an extra 17 million in cap space. While the depth of this team immediately hurts, none of these players really hurt our short-term outlook. LDT, Reiter, and Erving are all very replaceable players. The Chiefs actually already have a player on the roster at each of their positions next year. Damien Wilson may play SAM, but he save us 3 million. Colquitt saves 2 million, and for a team with limited cap space, cutting Colquitt may provide more short-term benefits.
We now have 45 million dollars to play with.
Step 4: Re-sign Mike Pennel, Emmanuel Ogbah, Stefen Wisniewski
I’ve talked about these guys a lot, so I’m not going to waste too much time here. Combined, I gave them 10-11 million, which is fair for four players. We now don’t need to address safety, left guard or defensive end in the draft. We have plenty of depth there.
One change is that we don’t re-sign Kendall Fuller. I think we need more salary cap space short-term, plus in the next step, I essentially trade player for player.
Step 5: Sign Byron Jones, Joe Schobert
We’re just having fun here. This offseason scenario already makes zero sense, but screw it, we’re just having fun. We lock down our CB1 for the future and solve our need at WILL linebacker, leaving us with little cap space for other moves, but my god, this team is STACKED.
Byron Jones would be excellent in Spagnuolo’s scheme. He’s a very long, versatile corner who carries well. He doesn’t have very good ball skills, but he’s willing to hit, and play in a ton of Cover 3. He fits what we need, and would give us a CB1 for a very long time.
Joe Schobert is really intriguing to me. The idea of Schobert is a little better than the player himself, but his athletic traits are really intriguing. He’s a little smaller than how Spagnuolo prefers his linebackers, but the idea of adding a very rangy linebacker who excels in coverage may be exactly what this Chiefs team needs.
Step 6: Extend Mahomes and Kelce
Again, this is in every hypothetical I’ve done because it makes a ton of sense. Not going to dive into the actual numbers, but yes, this has to be done this offseason.
Step 7: NFL Draft (First Five Rounds)
- Pick 26: Grant Delpit (S, LSU)
- Pick 32: Damon Arnette (CB, Ohio State)
- Pick 63: K.J Hill (WR, Ohio State)
- Pick 70: Larrell Murchison (IDL, NC State)
- Pick 96: Logan Stenberg (G, Kentucky)
- Pick 159: Patrick Taylor Jr. (RB, Memphis)
This draft is fantastic, in my opinion. At 26 we replace Kendall Fuller with a better player in Grant Delpit. Delpit is the ultimate chess piece. He can play single high very well, in the slot, or as a blitzer. He’s not a very good tackler, but that can be worked on. The athletic traits give the Chiefs the best secondary in football, and it’s not even close.
To add to that, we’re just going to draft Damon Arnette, who can also play in the slot. Arnette is a very physical cornerback, but in Ohio State’s multiple scheme Arnette played well. It may have been a bit of a reach, but my goodness, THIS SECONDARY. Imagine a secondary of Byron Jones, Tyrann Mathieu, Juan Thornhill, Daniel Sorensen, Delpit, and Arnette. You wouldn’t be able to throw on these guys at all.
K.J. Hill is a fantastic route runner. He’s able to run people off the line of scrimmage, while having a full route tree. As a replacement for Sammy Watkins, Hill would be a really good value at 63. I’m very happy with this pick.
The next three guys are just depth. I don’t know much about any of them, but they all will help give us depth in 2020. The board didn’t really fall the way I wanted, but overall, these guys hopefully bring us something past 2020.
Guys, I’m not going to lie. I actually talked myself into this offseason scenario. I had no idea where this was going to go, but this offseason would be kind of awesome. We easily have the best secondary in football, and it wouldn’t be close. What’s nice is that, in this scenario, everyone here is signed for at least two years, besides Sorensen, who would be replaceable here.
This team would be a bit weak on the defensive line, but we still carry almost everyone from last year. I’ve highlighted this many times, but defensive tackles aren’t necessarily Spags’ favorite things. He finds them way more replaceable that he does defensive ends. With some depth and defensive ends who can move inside, he would be content with this rotation.
Overall, this offseason likely doesn’t happen, but if it did, we’re easily winning in 2020 and beyond. I’m maybe being hyperbolic, but as long as this core stayed healthy I would challenge NFL teams to stop our offense while throwing at our secondary. It would be marvelous.