The old saying goes the NFL stands for “Not For Long”. This is the case in the relationship between the Kansas City Chiefs and former corner back Marcus Peters. The Chiefs have traded Marcus Peters and a 2018 6th round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for a 2018 4th round pick and a 2019 2nd round pick. This trade can become official at the start of the 2018 NFL league year, which is March 14.
The Chiefs have also agreed to trade QB Alex Smith and have cut longtime Middle Linebacker, Derrick Johnson. KC is also expected to release Safety Ron Parker and Outside Linebacker Tamba Hali.
These moves will certainly be debated thoroughly this off-season, but the Chiefs will be asked a major question from their fan-base…
“What happens next?”
The Chiefs as a playoff team 4 out of the last 5 years are rebuilding. KC has moved on to their 2017 1st round QB, Patrick Mahomes II. Brett Veach and Andy Reid are tasked with rebuilding the defense while maintaining the talent on offense. Mahomes will be surrounded by top-tier talents, such as Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt, and Travis Kelce. The Chiefs could look to add a Tight End in the draft to complement Travis Kelce. It’s conceivable the Chiefs could add Wide Reciever, as Chris Conley is entering the final year and Albert Wilson is a Free Agent. Albert Wilson may have multiple suitors including the Bears and Colts, as both teams have ties to the Chiefs. Another possible option could be an addition to the Offensive Line or retaining Zach Fulton, who is a free agent. Lastly, the Chiefs will most likely look for a veteran backup Quarterback. Possible fits could be, Chase Daniel, Matt Moore, or Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater would be particularly interesting, as he could be a starting caliber QB, but is just returning after a serious knee injury.
The main goal of this off-season has to be to improve the talent on defense. The Chiefs have already made drastic changes in their secondary. After trading Marcus Peters, the Chiefs will only have 1 CB return from last year (Steven Nelson) with the additions of David Amerson and Kendall Fuller.
The next area KC could make wholesale changes are on the Defensive Line. Potential Free Agents fits could include Muhammad Wilkerson or Sheldon Richardson. The expectation is that the Chiefs will use most of their resources on defense in Free Agency and in the NFL Draft in the next couple off-seasons.
The Chiefs are going through a lot of changes and only time will tell if their plan works, with the Chiefs achieving the success that the fan base has long waited for or fails and leads another overhaul in the Chief’s front office.