Coming off winning their first Super Bowl in 50 years, The Kansas City Chiefs offense may go through some drastic changes for the 2020 season. Due to needing to resign major key free agents, needing to bolster the secondary with Breeland and Fuller potentially leaving, and Mahomes upcoming Megadeal, the offense could see some cap casualties.
Over the last 2 seasons, Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson have been viable third and 4th options for the Chiefs explosive offense. However Watkins is on the back end of an inflated contract with a 21 million dollar cap hit. With the Chris Jones contract situation, and Mahomes upcoming deal, I highly doubt the Chiefs can keep Watkins on board with that cap hit. By cutting Watkins the Chiefs will save 14 million dollars. Last offseason we saw Albert Wilson sign a 3 year $14,450,000 contract. I can see Robinson garnering a contract similar to this. If he receives any offers even similar to this, I see the roster being without Robinson in the 2020 season. The Chiefs will have to look at reloading on offense with low level vet contracts and possibly a mid to high level draft pick.
The positions I see the Chiefs addressing this offseason are WR2, TE2, and Interior OL. I also included a surprise addition at the end of the article.
While this isn’t a flashy choice, Perriman is actually a great fit for the Chiefs. At 6 foot 2 inches tall, Perriman runs a sub 4.3 40 yard dash. He has good hands and is a solid route runner. He would be a solid compliment to Tyreek after averaging over 18 yards per catch over the last 2 seasons. Perriman’s problem has been consistency. He has been buried down the depth chart in Tampa Bay, and hasn’t exactly had a track record of all star quarterbacks. His last 3 have been Winston, Mayfield as a rookie, and Flacco. Pairing Perriman with Mahomes and Tyreek could be exactly what he needs to excel.
Prediction: 3 year 13 million dollar deal
This may be an unpopular move for Chiefs fans however I am all for it. Bryant wants to rejoin the league and go to a contender. Nobody is expecting Bryant to return to his pro bowl form or even close, however he was always one of the most dominant red zone threats in the league. Bryant paired with Kelce in the red zone would be a nightmare for defenses. Bryant would add a veteran presence and can fill in as more of a TE2 in the red zone. Bryant’s first option has always been Dallas, however with the Dak controversy going on there I think he may look at other options. He is also working out with Mahomes and Hardman this offseason.
Prediction: 1 year 3 million dollar deal
Peat bounced around the New Orleans offensive line before settling in at LG where he was rated a top 12 guard in the league. He has battled injuries and inconstancies, however he is that exact kind of signing we have seen the Chiefs make over the last couple years, on low level prove it deals. He is still in his prime at only 26 years old and I believe he would be a solid fit with the Chiefs downfield scheme.
Prediction: 1 year 3.5 million dollar deal
The tight end market every year is a mess. Teams over value tight ends, grasp on to one good season hoping they can resurrect them and signing aging vets hoping they can show a glimpse of their prime. One stat that is always undervalued on tight ends is blocking. For the Chiefs to sign Seals-Jones, Cleveland would have to not tender him which is a pretty high chance. Seals-Jones isn’t going to light up the stat sheet but he is young and has developed as a surprisingly good blocking tight end. He would be an upgrade over Blake Bell who is expected to leave in free agency. This would be a solid pickup to help with the inconsistency at offensive line. Seals-Jones solid in pass protection last season and is still a decent receiving threat.
Prediction: 1 year 1.2 million dollar deal
Beating a dead horse right? Our running game showed out at the end of the season. Williams is the only running back on our roster and while he played absolutely perfect in the playoffs, he was regularly injured or unproductive throughout the regular season. Drake is absolutely electric. While Williams has developed into a solid receiving option, there were several times he looked completely lost, and you can tell it is not his strength. Mixing in Drake would give the Chiefs one of the most electric backfields in all of football. With losing Watkins potentially, this could be a move that helps ease that loss. Drake could be what the Chiefs originally envisioned McCoy being this season. I believe Drake is an absolute perfect match for Mahomes in the backfield. I think he would be a more consistent, more dynamic Williams.
Prediction: 2 years 8 million dollars, with production bonuses and 3rd year option
The Saints aren’t going to let Hill walk. He is an RFA, and is a key player in their system, however he is unhappy in his role. If the Saints resign Bridgewater, I feel Hill will want out. I don’t see any teams viewing his as the QB1 he views himself as, however he is a solid role player. The Chiefs back up QB room consists of QBs on the verge of being able to collect social security benefits. Adding Hill in as the number 2/ gadget player will add a whole new chapter to Andy Reid’s playbook. I can’t even imagine some of the trick plays we would see. He would help with the loss of Watkins and provide insurance for Mahomes.