The Kansas City Chiefs have moved through free agency with a methodical approach to strengthening their roster. The Chiefs’ front office has quickly addressed their needs to improve their offensive line. Kansas City‘s next move may see them snatch up a division rival’s defensive star that’s been a longtime thorn in their side.
Chiefs continue their busy offseason
The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off their second straight Super Bowl trip, but a loss on that stage has shifted things into high gear.
The Chiefs have made some notable changes to their offensive line this offseason starting with releasing Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes‘ reworked his contract to provide the front office with $17 million in cap space that allowed the team to find help in free agency.
Kansas City first inked former longtime New England Patriots guard Joe Thuney to a five-year, $80 million deal. The team followed that by bringing former Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long out of retirement on a one-year, $5 million contract.
Over the last few years, Thuney had become one of the cornerstone pieces along the Patriots’ offensive line. Meanwhile, Kansas City is hoping a year away from the game refreshed Long enough to perform at a high level.
The Chiefs have quickly beefed up their offensive line that experienced notable struggles with health and protection, especially in Super Bowl 55 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kansas City has now quickly shifted its attention toward potentially snatching a star talent from one of their division rivals.
The Kansas City Chiefs may soon steal their division rival’s defensive star
The Kansas City Chiefs have remained busy in free agency this offseason by adding crucial pieces to the roster.
The Chiefs have guided their efforts in the open market to potentially snag some much-needed defensive help. According to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network, Kansas City is meeting with former LA Chargers star defensive end Melvin Ingram this week.
Ingram is experiencing free agency for the first time in his career after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Chargers. During that span, he earned three Pro Bowl selections, garnered 49.0 sacks and 14 forced fumbles.
Ingram is coming off an injury-plagued 2020 campaign that limited him to playing seven games, where he recorded 10 total tackles, two pass deflections, an interception, and zero sacks. The 31-year-old spent much of the year on the injured reserve due to a nagging knee injury.
The Chiefs hold a strong need to strengthen their pass rush after finishing last season with only 32 sacks. Chris Jones led the team-high with 7.5 sacks, which Ingram garnered at least 7.0 sacks in five consecutive seasons before the 2020 season.
Super Bowl contention fueling roster decisions
The Kansas City Chiefs may not hold a significant amount of financial flexibility this offseason ($21.9 million remaining), but the team is moving methodically.
The Chiefs have worked to improve the areas of the roster that hampered them last year. As long as Patrick Mahomes is under center, the team will have the necessary offensive firepower to compete for championships. It’s a matter of the team improving the roster around him.
Their moves to strengthen the offensive line could play a pivotal role in not only guiding them to another Super Bowl push but keep their star quarterback healthy throughout the season. Meanwhile, the front office’s effort in improving their pass rush may go beyond Melvin Ingram.
The Chiefs are making it quite clear that they want to continue extending their Super Bowl contention window.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.