As the NFL’s free agency tampering period starts on Monday, March 16th, the Chiefs have the ability to meet with free agents and start contract negotiations. Here are the Chiefs top five targets at the start of the tampering period:
The Chiefs are planning to use the franchise tag on Chris Jones, but want to sign him long-term. Jones has expressed his interest in staying in Kansas City and finishing his career here, and he is only 25. Like Jones, the front office wants him in KC and has made it a priority to get the money to sign Jones. With the new CBA agreement, the Chiefs gain $10 million in salary cap room, giving $18.4 million. The pending situation with Sammy Watkins could free up an additional $14 million if he were traded or released but if he remains on the team he would have to take a pay cut. Jones has become a homegrown star and one of the best IDL in the entire NFL. In four seasons, Jones has 33 sacks, 72 QB Hits, and 7 forced fumbles. He is the anchor of the Chiefs front seven and is a key aspect to the defense. Jones should be the Chiefs top target to get a deal done this offseason and keep him as a Chief for years to come.
Chris Harris Jr.
One of the largest rumored free agents to the Chiefs so far this offseason. The Broncos have added A.J. Bouye via trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars and are high on adding CB Byron Jones this offseason. (Update: Byron Jones will sign with Miami as of press time) This leaves the Broncos more than likely moving on from Chris Harris Jr. This leaves the 30-year-old CB (31 in June) looking for a new team. The Chiefs are in on adding the veteran corner. Harris has a connection to Kansas City as he played college football at the University of Kansas and helped the team win the Orange Bowl in 2008. Harris would also fit perfectly in the Chiefs defense. With Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller both free agents this offseason, Harris would be a great addition to a secondary that could be left with Charvarious Ward and Rashad Fenton. Harris fits perfectly because Ward is primed to take over as CB1 and Harris can come slide in at CB2. He would be the strong CB2 the Chiefs need for next season. Chiefs safety, Tyrann Mathieu, has been rumored to be heavily recruiting Harris to join the Chiefs as well, so watch out for Chris Harris Jr. in the upcoming days.
One of the Chiefs largest needs this offseason is LB. The team is looking to add to the group at the LB position. The Chiefs have lacked a pass coverage LB, and Schobert could be the answer. In 2017, Schobert led the entire NFL in tackles with 144. In three of his four NFL seasons, Schobert has over 100 tackles. Schobert has great tackling ability and is excellent against the run, but also can play well in coverage. This past season, Schobert added four interceptions and nine passes defended to pair with his 133 tackles and two forced fumbles. The Chiefs need help in coverage from the LB unit and Schobert has proved he can play well in coverage.
Robby Anderson is one of the top free-agent WRs this offseason after spending his first four seasons with the New York Jets. In four seasons as a Jet, Anderson played 62 games, tallying 3,059 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Chiefs are in WR limbo right now as Demarcus Robinson is a free agent and Sammy Watkins could be on his way out with his cap hit. If the Chiefs were to release or trade Watkins, Anderson could come in and be the complement WR to Tyreek Hill. Anderson has size and speed that would give Mahomes the same feel of Watkins, but Anderson does not have the health issues Watkins does. Anderson would be a great addition to make Mahomes’ arsenal even more dangerous.
Andrus Peat is a former high draft pick who has been solid blocking in both the running and the passing game. Peat is versatile as he can play both inside at the guard position and outside at the tackle position. This past season Peat played 575 snaps, allowing three sacks and was penalized three times. One of the biggest strengths for the Saints over the past few years has been the OL, and Peat has played a key role in that. The Chiefs have Andrew Wylie and Stefan Wisniewski who are free agents this offseason. The Chiefs have also declined Cam Erving’s option for this upcoming season, and need to address the OL position. The Chiefs can add Peat, whose versatility allows him to play multiple positions on the OL.