The Kansas City Chiefs are in a tough situation this offseason. There is between $16 and $17 million in cap space this offseason (after the Cam Erving cut is official), and have some areas that need improvement. The Chiefs are looking to re-sign star DT Chris Jones to a long-term deal that will eat up a lot of the cap space available. There are also more pressing areas of need than RB (such as CB and LB), but the front office seems to be looking at RB options via the free agency and draft. If the Chiefs were to add one via free agency, these three players would be the best options for the amount of cap available for the team.
Matt Breida has played a productive role in the RB by committee system for the 49ers in the last couple of seasons. This past season, Breida had 623 rushing yards, 120 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. Breida has great speed and receiving capabilities that would fit well in the Chiefs offense. A speedy back that can get easy completions out of the backfield would be a great addition to Mahomes arsenal.
Jordan Howard found himself traded from the Bears to the Eagles after Tarik Cohen was favored in Chicago’s system. In ten games for the Eagles in 2019, Howard rushed for 525 yards, had 69 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns. In his four NFL seasons, Howard has 30 rushing touchdowns. Howard has shown that he can play at a high level and be a starting option at RB. The Chiefs could look to add Howard as another option in the backfield at a price that is affordable for the team.
Chris Thompson has spent all seven seasons of his NFL career with the Washington Redskins but could be headed somewhere else this offseason. Thompson has been most effective as a third-down pass-catching back that can be an intriguing add for targets out of the backfield with great hands. The one thing against him is that he hasn’t played more than 11 games in a season since 2016. Injuries have plagued his career which is concerning, but when he has played he has been effective. Since the start of 2016, Thompson has 1,505 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. His ability to catch passes out of the backfield is what will get him a contract. Signing Thompson could be a risk with his injuries over the past few seasons but could be low-cost signing that brings another weapon for Mahomes on the. receiving end.
If the Chiefs are to go out and sign a RB in free agency, then these three options are good for the amount of cap space available. There are more pressing positions for the Chiefs to address, but if signing a RB is high on that list, then it has to be a low-cost signing and that is what Breida, Howard, and Thompson are.