Free Agency Preview: Kansas City Chiefs

Free Agency Preview: Kansas City Chiefs

Welcome to the Game Changer Sports Network Free Agency Preview series. This is the AFC Champion Kansas City Free Agency Preview. In this series we will be looking at all 32 teams over the next few months and breaking down their key free agents going into the off-season. We will also predict if they re-sign or walk to go get paid.

Andy Reid and team are coming off a second straight Super Bowl appearance. Kansas City is in a tight spot in the cap room situation with -19.5 million in cap space. They are going to have to play with the cap before they can even think about bringing anyone on this list back to the team in 2021. The upside to the Chiefs current situation is that 99% of their core is locked up into next year. They don’t have to worry about losing any key piece to the team. Enjoy the Kansas City free agency preview.

Kansas City Free Agency Preview: Key Free Agents

WR Sammy Watkins (27 Years Old)

Sammy Watkins is once again asking for a big contract at a young age. Watkins is coming off of a 3 year, $38 million contract that was re-worked for the 2020 season. That re-worked contract paid him $9 million. Watkins signed with Kansas City after both Buffalo and Los Angeles had given up on him and labeled him a bust. Since joining with Patrick Mahomes and the boys, Watkins has flourished as the number two receiver behind Tyreek Hill. In his Kansas City career he has totaled 129 receptions for 1,613 yards and 8 touchdowns.

If Watkins tests the open market expect a team to go a little crazy for him. He will be one of the top five guys at his position to hit the open market. A WR needy team will probably sign him to a three year, $36 million deal. That would be $12 million on average per year. If he decides to stay and Kansas City can find a way to open up some cap space then look for him to sign a team friendly deal around $9 million per year.

Prediction: Free Agency

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SS Daniel Sorenson (31 Years Old)

There was one big weakness to the Chiefs defense this year, and that was it’s secondary. Sorenson was a bright spot in a very lackluster group of guys. He finished the season with 91 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and a defensive touchdown. Sorenson only started in 11 games this season but he played in more than 50% of snaps in all but one game.

Sorenson is coming off of a four year, $16 million contract that he signed before the 2017 season. There is no way that at 31 years old he gets another long term deal like that. He will likely only get a one year deal worth very little money regardless of if he hits the open market or stays with the Chiefs.

Prediction: Re-Signed

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DE Alex Okafor (30 Years Old)

Okafor has been a very serviceable man off the bench for Kansas City in their two Super Bowl runs. In these two seasons he has posted a total of 38 tackles, 8 interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Okafor didnt start a single game in 2020 but he still played in 32% of all defensive snaps. His play count also increased dramitcally towards the end of the season. From week 11 on, he played in more than 35% of snaps in every single game.

He would be a great addition to a young Edge core on any team. Okafor would provide a good veteran presence to teach and mentor those guys. He already has a Super Bowl ring so it’s unlikely he chooses to go ring chasing. He originally signed a 3 year, $17.9 million deal in 2019 that has a voided 2021 season. Given the cap situation that Kansas City is in it seems unlikely that he will be back with the Chiefs.

Prediction: Free Agency

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CB Bashaud Breeland (29 Years Old)

Breeland spent the first four games of the 2020 season on the suspension list due to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. This was the second time that Breeland had been suspended for violating the substance abuse policy. There is also a long history of fines from the NFL by him. Regardless of those facts he hasn’t really been all too impressive in his two seasons with Kansas City. He totaled 86 tackles, 4 interceptions, and a fumble recovery. Those aren’t exactly numbers you would expect out of your CB2.

I doubt that Breeland will be seeking any sort of big contract from anyone across the league. Before the 2020 season he signed a one year, $3 million deal that puts him back on the market this season. The Chiefs are set to lose both of their starting CB’s this offseason. I would expect them to re-sign one at a low number and the other one to be replaced by a rookie. He would probably take a team friendly one year, $1.2 million deal to stick around in Kansas City.

Prediction: Free Agency

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CB Charvarious Ward (24 Years Old)

Ward was the clear cut number one cornerback on the field for the Chiefs in 2020. He finished this season with 51 tackles, a sack, and 6 passes defended. This entire secondary needs to be torn apart and rebuilt from scratch this off-season. Ward was not that impressive and as stated, he was the clear cut number one guy in the defensive backfield.

Ward signed a rookie deal with the Dallas Cowboys before being traded to the Chiefs in 2018. He goes into this offseason as a restricted free agent. This means that he is free to negotiate and finalize a contract with any team. However, Kansas City has final rights to match the contract that he is offered. If Kansas City matches the contract, they then sign him to that deal. They could also put a draft pick tender on him and then they would get a specific draft pick in return from the team that signs him.

Prediction: Free Agency

Image Credit: USA Today

OLB Damien Wilson (27 Years Old)

Wilson played in 13 games this season and he started each one of them. He finished this season with 73 tackles and a forced fumble. He plays more like a role guy than he does a starter and Ben Niemann started to overtake him down the stretch of the season.

Kansas City picked up his $3 million contract option before the 2020 season to keep him around another year. With no team option and the cap space issue the Chiefs have Wilson will likely be a free agent in March. He will probably get a 2 year, $8 million deal somewhere.

Prediction: Free Agency

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Kansas City Free Agency Preview: Everyone Else

OFFENSE: RB Darrel Williams, RB Le’Veon Bell, FB Anthony Sherman, WR Byron Pringle, WR DeMarcus Robinson, TE Deon Yelder, TE Ricky Seals-Jones, RG Mike Remmers, RG Andrew Wylie, C Austin Reiter, G Kelechi Osemele, Stefen Wisniewski

DEFENSE: DE Tonah Kpassagnon, DE Taco Charlton, NT Mike Pennel, LB Ben Niemann, CB Antonio Hamilton

Check back every couple of days right here on GameChangerSportsNetwork.com as we slowly go through every single teams Free Agency Preview leading all the way up to NFL Free Agency!

Other Free Agent Previews:

AFC: Baltimore, Buffalo, Cleveland

NFC: Green Bay, New Orleans, Tampa Bay

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7 thoughts on “Free Agency Preview: Kansas City Chiefs

  1. Am excited to see if the Chiefs let go Watkins and look to sign another big name free agency or if Mecole Hardman will breakout

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