The KC Chiefs might have gotten off to a slow start in free agency, but Brett Veach has done a really good job at filling the holes on the roster this offseason.
When the offseason first began, the biggest needs for the Kansas City Chiefs were at cornerback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, linebacker, and offensive line. Veach has managed to address all but one of those, but he still has the 2020 NFL Draft to do so.
There were depth questions at tight end behind Travis Kelce and rather than spend a draft pick on it, Veach brought in 26-year-old Ricky Seals-Jones to be the TE2. This was a great signing because Seals-Jones doesn’t have to be the starter, but he could potentially become a great backup option in Kansas City.
At wide receiver, there were questions about Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson‘s futures, but Watkins agreed to restructure his contract while Robinson didn’t get the buzz on the free agent market that he probably thought he’d get. That paved the way for the Chiefs to bring him back on a one-year deal.
Having these two back in Kansas City means the Chiefs have their WR2 and WR3 options from last year’s team that won the Super Bowl. They didn’t really step up as much as one would have liked when Tyreek Hill was out, but they’re better than the unknown options for sure, especially at both of their price tags.
One of the first moves Veach made in free agency was signing Antonio Hamilton, who spent last season with the Giants. Hamilton is a cornerback, but wasn’t ever going to be a starter, so that’s why re-signing Bashaud Breeland was vital. Breeland coming back means the Chiefs don’t have to spend a first round pick on a corner now.
Another early move Veach made was signing Mike Remmers, who has been a journeyman along the offensive line throughout his career. Remmers might not be a starter, but it looks like the Chiefs are going to keep their starting unit from last year (sans Stefen Wisniewski who signed with Pittsburgh) and he provides a depth piece along the line.
There had been quite a bit of speculation surrounding how the Chiefs might draft a running back in the first round or on Day 2. DeAndre Washington might not be the high profile name fans wanted to see join the team, but there’s not really a need to take a running back in the draft now, especially with just five picks.
One of the best signings by Veach was bringing back Mike Pennel, who was a huge help in improving the run defense a season ago. Getting Pennel on a one-year deal was even more impressive considering the season he had in 2019.
Last, but not least, Anthony Sherman is coming back to Kansas City and even though fullback isn’t the position it once was, Sherman was been a big part of the Chiefs offense and special teams since he was traded to KC in 2013. Having him back should continue to help the run game as much as possible.
Despite not signing any big names these season, the Kansas City Chiefs have still had a good free agency and Brett Veach is to thank for that. He’s done a good job addressing needs and filling holes, so that the team can be a little more flexible in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Linebacker is still a position that needs to be upgraded and adding another cornerback and offensive lineman would be wise, but Brett Veach has done a good job and hasn’t given us any reason not to trust him.