The Kansas City Chiefs under-performed in the playoffs this season, but regardless of that result we hear that changes to the roster have been expected for months now.
It has been widely speculated that Patrick Mahomes will replace Alex Smith at quarterback, and that Smith could be an enticing trade chip for a team that’s currently short of 2018 draft picks following last year’s trade for Mahomes.
That’s the obvious move that could happen. It also wouldn’t be surprising if Tamba Hali retires soon and Derrick Johnson is allowed to walk if he chooses to continue his career elsewhere. You can throw late-season pickup Darrelle Revis into that pool as well.
But we also wouldn’t be shocked to see a few more names of note added to that list. Punter Dustin Colquitt is a free agent and is not guaranteed to come back at age 35. Defensive tackle Bennie Logan and wide receiver Albert Wilson also have expiring contracts, and we’ve heard that Wilson especially could be looking for a bigger role elsewhere. It expanded late in the season, but we hear Wilson could be a target of the Chicago Bears, who could use someone with experience playing for new head coach Matt Nagy, Kansas City’s offensive coordinator last season.
Other possible salary-cap hits include Allen Bailey and Dee Ford. Cutting Bailey could save the team $6 million following a few injury-plagued seasons, and Ford – who hasn’t consistently rushed the passer, which was supposed to be his forte – would be on the books for $8 million in 2018. It might be surprising to some to see such as young pass-rush prospect cut before his rookie deal is up, but it’s absolutely a possibility.
The Chiefs have thrived with roster stability the past few seasons, even with a few surprise cuts, but this year is going to include more movement than we perhaps have seen with this team since Andy Reid’s first season there.