On February 26, the Giants released ILB Alec Ogletree after two seasons with the team as a captain.
Ogletree has been one of the league’s highest-paid inside LBs over the past two seasons, making $10 million a year. Due to his struggles in pass coverage, Ogletree had his playtime diminish throughout the course of the season.
Ogletree, 28 (turns 29 in September), was one of the first acquisitions for Giants GM Dave Gettleman in 2018 when the Giants traded two draft picks to the Los Angeles Rams for Ogletree, who they believed could make a significant impact on the defense.
Over the past two seasons, Ogletree played 26 games, racking up 173 total tackles, 2 sack, and 6 interceptions. This upcoming season, Ogletree was set to make another $10 million, and the Giants decided he wasn’t worth the money.
During his time with Giants in his first year, he played under current Chiefs Defensive Coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo. With his familiarity with Spags, signing Ogletree is possible for the Chiefs.
I know he struggled throughout the course of this past season, but a change of scenery could change that and could get him back to form. Ogletree could be another veteran that comes in and replaces Reggie Ragland, who is a free agent this offseason.
If the Chiefs were to sign Ogletree, it could be a cheap way to add veteran experience, while adding youth in the draft to beef up the linebacker position.
Only time will tell whether the Chiefs sign Ogletree, and if they do, it could have the potential to be a great addition for the LB group.