Kansas City Chiefs 2017 Team Needs
The Chiefs very well might have missed their window to make the Super Bowl with their current roster. They are so tight against the salary cap that they cannot afford to franchise either of their two franchise tag worthy players and will almost certainly lose at least one of them. This year will prove pivotal for the team.
Primary Needs: RB, WR. LB
Secondary Needs:, S, CB, DT
Free Agency Strategy: Truthfully the Chiefs biggest need will very likely be at nose tackle or safety depending on what happens with Eric Berry and Dontari Poe. With less that $5 million dollars in cap space currently, the Chiefs, can’t do much of anything. The team does have around $17 million in easily clearable space with money tied up into ineffective, oft injured, or disappointing bench players. Until the team massages it’s roster it is difficult to tell how they will approach free agency. It is certainly possible that both Poe and Berry are allowed to leave unrestricted so that the team will get third round compensatory selections next year, though it is more likely that the team will keep one of the two. My bet is that they keep Poe. ALthough Berry is the superior player Poe plays a more premium position and one that will be impossible to fill in this years draft. An adequate replacement for Berry could be found in the first few rounds of this draft, there simply isn’t one for Poe. Nick Foles, Jeremy Maclin, and Jamaal Charles are all candidates to be cut, as is Alex Smith should Andy Reid decide that Tony Romo, Tyrod Taylor, or Jay Cutler is a better quarterback to lead this team. None would be cheaper than Smith though.
Draft Needs: Again, this will likely change based on what the team does in free agency but based on their current roster Christian McCaffrey is a possibility at running back in the first round. If the team cuts Derrick Johnson, Jarrad Davis or Zach Cunningham would both be good replacements. JuJu Smith-Schuster and John Ross should booth be considered at receiver in the first round. Jabrill Peppers might be available late in the first and would be a great replacement for Berry. There are a slew of cornerbacks that will be available in the late first but the late second might offer better value for the Chiefs. If not Tre'davious White would be a nice addition. Quincey Wilson and Kevin King would both fit the bill there as would Safety/Cornerback Desmond King. Malachi Dupre and Cooper Kupp would both be options at receiver. In the third round running backs like Donte Forman and Kareem Hunt would offer a nice value, as would linebacker Kendell Beckwith.