NFL Free Agency is quickly approaching. These are the 5 players that are the best fits for the Kansas City Chiefs. The following list is in no particular order:
Landon Collins – Safety
The Chiefs arguably had the worst safety play in the NFL last year, pair that with the uncertain status of Eric Berry, safety should be a higher priority on the Chiefs list. This free agent class of safeties is deep and the Chiefs will have multiple options, Collins has had his two best seasons under new defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo. Collins provides familiarity on a defense that is looking like it will be fully overhauled,
Trey Flowers – Defensive End
As the Chiefs are looking to overhaul their defense, they are moving on from Justin Houston and seemingly ready to do so with Dee Ford as well. The Chiefs recently hired former Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Daly. The team which Trey Flowers is free agent of, Flowers could be a lower cost option if the Chiefs move on from both Houston and Ford.
Earl Thomas – Safety
The Chiefs were rumored to have been in trade discussions for the veteran safety. Thomas would be a great complement to Chiefs safety Eric Berry if healthy. Even if that’s not the case, Thomas is arguably the best single-high safety in the NFL. Thomas would be an expensive option and has a history of leg injuries, however, he vastly improve a defense that was arguably the worst in the history of the Chiefs franchise.
Tyler Eifert – Tight End
Tyler Eifert has been injury prone, but could be a great low cost option. Eifert may have to take a one year deal as injuries have derailed his career the last few years. In 2015, Eifert had more than 650 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. Tyler Eifert turn just 29 at the start of next season and could provide more upside than Demetrius Harris as a second tight end. This would eliminate the need of using a draft pick on a tight end, so that the Chiefs can use the majority of their draft picks to improve the defense.
K.J. Wright – Linebacker
The Chiefs are switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense, which means that they’ll need to add more speed and athleticism at linebacker. Most teams play in sub package a majority of the time, but having experience in this new scheme will be beneficial. K.J. Wright is a veteran has to played in a 4-3 the entirety of his career in the NFL. He could be low cost option at the age of 30. Wright could help patch a defense on a 1 or 2 year deal. Adding Wright would give the Chiefs experience as Anthony Hitchens is the only linebacker has played in a 4-3 scheme in the NFL. There may not be a big difference between the two defenses, but K.J. Wright is a player who is experienced and familiar with the assignments and is a good short term option.