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5 free agents the Chiefs can’t afford to lose

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – OCTOBER 11: Patrick Mahomes #15 and Kelechi Osemele #70 of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs kneel within the endzone previous to the sport in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri. (Picture by Jamie Squire/Getty Photos)

Kansas Metropolis is perhaps top-of-the-line groups getting into 2021, however they’ll have to deliver again these names in the event that they need to stay professional high canines within the AFC. 

The Kansas City Chiefs nearly did it once more.

Regardless of a 31-9 throttling within the Tremendous Bowl, the Chiefs nonetheless have maybe the brightest way forward for any group within the NFL.

If Kansas Metropolis needs to get correct revenge in 2021, the primary place to begin is free company.

A number of names are simply replaceable. Sammy Watkins’ manufacturing will likely be met by Mecole Hardman and L’Jarius Sneed ought to transition effectively to the surface rather than Bashaud Breeland. Rashad Fenton and Juan Thornhill additionally ought to mix in dime packages sufficient to let Daniel Sorenson stroll on a deal that isn’t team-friendly.

Some expertise can’t get replaced in a single day although. Basic supervisor Brett Veach might want to work the magic and discover a solution to hold them within the constructing for 2021. Because the Buffalo Payments and Baltimore Ravens look to be on Kansas Metropolis’s tail within the AFC race, shedding names isn’t superb for a group that has a window to be the subsequent dynasty over for a decade.


Kelechi Osemele

OL Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

It’s laborious to justify paying a participant who has been oft-injured for the final two seasons, however that is the one lone exception. Osemele signed a one-year take care of the Chiefs in 2020 after a shoulder harm value him most of his 2019 marketing campaign with the New York Jets.

New 12 months, identical harm issues. Osemele landed again on the injured reserve record  tore tendons in each knees in opposition to the Raiders in Week 5. Previous to that, he was beginning rather than Laurent Duvernay-Tardif as Andrew Wylie shifted over to the best aspect.

Why signal a veteran that has suffered back-to-back season-ending injures? Easy. He’s low-cost.

Osemele proved early on within the season that he may be an efficient move blocker. At 31, he’ll seemingly be seeking to play for a unit that’s able to contend now as an alternative of getting to be the large title on a shedding squad. Plus, is Kansas Metropolis assured to get again Duvernay-Tardif is COVID-19 continues to be a linger drawback?

Cut price offers can off in the long term and that is actually a cut price deal.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – DECEMBER 27: Demarcus Robinson #11 of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs celebrates his landing in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons throughout the fourth quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri. (Picture by Jamie Squire/Getty Photos)


DeMarcus Robinson

WR Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

As talked about, Watkins is pretty much as good as gone. That gained’t be an enormous drawback for the reason that group has Hardman and has restricted his position since being drafted in 2019. There’s all the time room for depth items although, therefore the place Robinson comes in.

Would Robinson need to stay with the Chiefs? This query was introduced up final 12 months earlier than he agreed to a one-year “show it” deal after successful Tremendous Bowl IV. Might that be the case once more following a three-touchdown season?

The 2021 NFL Draft is loaded at extensive receiver, however Kansas Metropolis has extra urgent points on each side of the road. Though he averaged a low 10.1 yards per catch, Robinson boosted his catch price to career-best 76.3 p.c.

Mahomes wants weapons similar to an offensive line. If the worth is true, these two ought to go Spherical 3 for an additional contract season.

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