Kansas City Chiefs: Moves could come ahead of cuts

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New Kansas City Chiefs GM Brett Veach has made it clear that if an opportunity to improve the roster presents itself, he will not hesitate to take it.

In his short time as General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, Brett Veach has shown that he isn’t afraid to be aggressive with the roster. So far Veach has made several moves, mostly aimed at fixing the run defense. With the NFL roster cut day coming on Saturday, don’t be surprised if he makes another move this week.

Brett Veach has already said as much to some members of the media. Veach’s approach to the roster is that if there is a chance to get better, they should take it. With Kansas City being close to last in line on the waiver wire, it makes sense that those moves would be focused around trades rather than signing a player.

This week has already seen one trade for Kansas City as they added linebacker Reggie Ragland from Buffalo in exchange for a conditional fourth round pick in 2019. Ragland was a highly touted prospect in the 2016 draft, but has struggled with injury concerns. However, given the compensation, the move makes sense as the Chiefs clearly do not feel good about their linebacker situation.

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Areas To Upgrade

While the Kansas City Chiefs have built a very strong roster for the 2017 season, there are still areas that can be improved. The spots that stand out the most right now are wide receiver, cornerback, and offensive tackle. Of those positions though, only wide receiver concerns me as far as the starters go.

Of course, I have been banging the table for the Chiefs to make a move for Miami wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The Dolphins have made it clear they will not re-sign him, and NFL insider Michael Lombardi has insisted that they are open to a trade. The Dolphins say it isn’t true, but that sounds like bluster at this point.

Adding some corner or offensive tackle depth would also help the roster out a lot. The Chiefs have solid starters at these positions, but a 16-game season is a long time for everyone to stay healthy. So far the KC depth chart has not been impressive at either position. Neither spot should cost a lot to upgrade the depth chart with either.

Joe Haden In The Mix?

A late-emerging rumor for the Kansas City Chiefs is that they have former Browns corner Joe Haden on their radar. Haden is one of the best corners in the NFL and would give the Chiefs perhaps the best secondary in the entire league. Of course, he’s not going to come cheap.

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Kansas City will have a tough time fitting Joe Haden under the salary cap this year. It would require them to make some additional cuts to help create some breathing room. The Chiefs are probably prepared to do that as it is, but it’s still a concern to monitor.

However, adding Joe Haden would certainly be the kind of move that would endear Brett Veach to the Chiefs fan base. Not many people would find fault in being aggressive and going after one of the top corners in the entire league. It would certainly put KC on the radar as a contender this year.

The Kansas City Chiefs have a very good roster built for the 2017 season, but there is room for improvement. Getting aggressive ahead of the NFL cuts day would make a lot of sense for new GM Brett Veach. The Chiefs have a chance to be in the mix for the Super Bowl this year, so every move they make needs to be with that in mind.