Biggest Players Likely To Test Free Agency
- Jeff Allen - Left Guard / OL
Jeff Allen proved to be a solid player this year for Kansas City, playing significant time at the left guard and left tackle positions. Players that can play both positions are typically in high demand, and Kansas City is unlikely to match any offer that is made to Allen. Allen offers a mobile guard who can be effective in the pass game.
- Steven Nelson - Cornerback
Steven Nelson has just concluded his best year as a Chief. Nelson had 4 INTs and started all 16 regular season games, usually matching up with the most dangerous wideout on the opposing team. Nelson will likely relocate, leaving a hole to be filled in the KC secondary.
- Dee Ford - 3-4 OLB
Dee Ford will be the player that will be most missed by the Chiefs next season. As a 3-4 edge rusher, Ford had a huge season for KC, recording 13 sacks and 55 tackles this year. Ford has 35 sacks in 5 years with Kansas City, but will likely receive huge offers from teams in the market for a pass rusher.
Three Moves to Make
- Jadeveon Clowney - 3-4 OLB
Clowney hasn’t declared for free agency yet, but if he does, he will be one of the most sought after players in 2019 free agency. Clowney was the number one pick of the 2014 draft, and has proven himself as a top tier pass rusher in the league. His 3-4 ability would make him the perfect replacement for Dee Ford in Kansas City, replenishing the sacks that Ford produced last year for the Chiefs.
- Jason McCourty - Cornerback
Kansas City lacked a consistent defense, and the pass defense was a huge part of this. McCoury would be a steal of a signing for the Chiefs. McCourty represents a veteran in the secondary who has great experience, but would also be affordable. Young cornerbacks Tremon Smith and Kendall Fuller look to have potential, but aren’t quite ready to make the leap to full time starter. Jason McCourty would be the perfect player to get into the secondary to develop the young guys and advance the KC defense as a whole.
- Le’Veon Bell - Running Back
Why not, right? Kansas City has the most explosive offense in the NFL, and Le’Veon Bell wants to win. Injecting Le’Veon into this offense shouldn’t even be allowed, but after losing Kareem Hunt last season, Bell would be the ideal replacement. Kansas City is highly unlikely to allocate such a significant amount of their remaining cap on Bell and the money he is demanding, but it remains a possibility.