2020 Free Agents
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Superbowl LIV was the destination Chiefs fans had been hoping for. After years of inadequacy the Coach, Players and Planets aligned. Many fans including myself are now hoping for a journey back to the promised land and conversations of “dynasty” to begin.
PMII is well deserved for a new contract, and this must happen. Generational talent in Chris Jones must have every attempt made to keep him here. With a whopping projected *$13.7 mil of cap space projected, some things need to happen. Lets not forget we have several players that are club option, and 24 looming free agents that are going to leave empty shoes to fill. *taken from Over the cap
There are obvious and not so obvious answers. Due to the Chiefs recent Championship, we can hope NFL vets will come play in for KC on the cheap. In an effort to acquire the elusive Superbowl ring and make a case for a gold jacket. This may happen with 1 or 2 players. New England has been able to succeed to this point for year. Corey Dillon, Randy Moss, and Rodney Harrison to name a few…
Ah, the draft will fill up the spots? If the selections prove to be capable. Veach has done well so far. The Chiefs currently have 5 draft picks. That can change with trade downs, or trading current players for picks. Like tagging Chris Jones in exchange for a couple of First’s and even more IMO. (Really hoping this does not happen). I feel CJ is a commodity and key ingredient to reach that dynasty status.
Veach is now on the clock. How many of these players can the club afford to sign? Certainly he will have to trim some fat! I believe he will identify and keep the core players. Fill the rest of the roster with value in mind. Cheap with some risk but possible reward.
The following is a list of players that are potentially expendable. Some are good players but are not necessarily a good value.
Player Due Dead Money
Austin Reiter 2,758,334 333,334
LDT 8,937,500 4,000,000
Sammy Watkins 21,000,000 7,000,000
Dustin Colquitt 2,650,000 650,000
Reggie Ragland 1246551 50,000
Alex Okafor 6,971,875 4,000,000
Cam Erving 4,681,668 0
Daniel Sorenson 4,750,000 1,000,000
From this list:
Reiter is average and replaceable.
LDT is not the greatest but he is good protection for Mahomes. 5 mil in savings is tantalizing.
Sammy Watkins seems to be the sure thing to get a new contract or save the team 14 mil. He was clutch in the playoffs, but often times disappeared in the regular season. There are free agent options and promise of Hardman on the horizon.
Dustin is legend, but thats a lot of dough for a punter who is not really needed much to flip the field.
Reggie Ragland does not appear to fit in this Defense. I contest a more versatile linebacker acquisition would negate the need for Reggie AND Sorenson. 5 mil in savings.
Okafor may be the only one on this list that may offer some value. 3 mil in savings is not worth giving up a pass rusher. He is not elite by any stretch, but can stain a QBs uniform. I would keep him. His torn pec muscle won’t hold him back next year.
Cam Erving offers a 4.7 mil savings. His play left much to be desired in 2019. With zero dead money, I expect he will be gone.
All of this is going to make for an interesting off season. Some of the above answers will have to happen. Of course with a new CBA brewing, the tough choices may not be tough at all.