Kansas City Chiefs: Charcandrick West Should Go On The Trade Block

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Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West (35) – Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West (35) – Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Chiefs are loaded at running back.  They won’t be able to keep all of their talented backs and should consider trading one or two of them, including Charcandrick West.

The Kansas City Chiefs are easily the deepest team in the NFL at the running back position.  It isn’t a stretch to say the Chiefs are at least four players deep at the position.  They can’t keep all of these players, and there are a lot of teams in need of running back help.  So John Dorsey and his staff should explore trade options, including Charcandrick West.

There has been plenty of talk about the Chiefs trading away Knile Davis this offseason, including rumors that there were talks being had with the Miami Dolphins about a move.  However, nothing has come of that yet and the Chiefs are getting close to the point where they will need to make a decision.

Let me clarify something here…I love having Charcandrick West on the Kansas City Chiefs roster.  I think he is an excellent young running back with a real future in the NFL.  However, I think the Chiefs have four guys, including West, who fit that description right now.  In the NFL, you just can’t keep everyone.  The Chiefs will have a hard decision to make at some point.  I think this move gives them some more flexibility, while bringing in another asset to use elsewhere.

With a superstar in Jamaal Charles and a reliable backup/3rd down runner in Spencer Ware, the Chiefs are in a rare (and excellent) position to put a high caliber player like Charcandrick West on the trade block.  Kansas City’s position may be even further strengthened due to the presence of the promising Darrin Reaves, who has looked solid in preseason action.

Charcandrick West should fetch a slightly higher price than Knile Davis, as West has was able to surpass Davis on the depth chart last year and put up a number of solid performances during his time as the starter.  Charcandrick West has demonstrated that he has the ability to be a starting running back in the NFL both with his running and receiving talents.  That will make him a coveted asset.

However, an additional benefit of exploring trades with Charcandrick West is that Knile Davis wouldn’t have to come off the trading block either.  The Chiefs would be able to facilitate a couple of trades that could help strengthen the roster either this year, or in the upcoming draft.  That is negotiating from a position of strength.

It really is a no-lose situation for the Chiefs.  They can make a number of decisions at the running back position and not be wrong.  They would just have varying degrees of the right decision.  The only real caveat here is that when it comes to personnel decisions in the NFL, it is always better to get something for a player than nothing.  As I mentioned before, the Chiefs do have some needs.

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