Kansas City Chiefs: Every player hitting free agency in 2021

Sammy Watkins #14 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Byron Pringle (13) – Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Chiefs are officially entering the offseason and that means the beginning of free agency is right around the corner. 

After losing Super Bowl LV, the Kansas City Chiefs have some tough decisions to make this offseason. They have 24 players who are, in some form, free agents now that the season has wrapped up and could look to take their talents elsewhere.

I’ve included all 24 players in this post and split them up based on what kind of free agent they are. Once players start to sign with teams, I will update this post with where they’re landing and what the contract looks like.

For now, let’s dive into the players who will be free agents and if the Chiefs should try to re-sign them or not.

Kansas City Chiefs Free Agents – ERFA (Exclusive Rights Free Agent)

The Chiefs have three players who are ERFA and what that means is that the Chiefs have first dibs on re-signing those players. If they offer any of these guys a one-year deal, he can’t negotiate with other teams. Here are the three players who fall in this category:

  • Alex Brown, CB – Not tendered
  • Nick Keizer, TE – Tendered
  • Byron Pringle, WR – Tendered

Out of this bunch, Pringle is the only one the Chiefs for sure need to offer a one-year deal to. Pringle might not have had eye-popping stats, but he makes the most of his targets. Pringle was buried on the depth chart behind Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson, but with Robinson and Sammy Watkins departing, if the Chiefs didn’t bring in anyone else at wide receiver, Pringle would be the WR3 on the depth chart.

The other two players aren’t guys the Chiefs need to invest much into. Brown didn’t appear in any games in 2020, but he played in three in 2019. He had two tackles and a quarterback hit in those three games. Keizer did next to nothing and the Chiefs need to make backup tight end a priority this offseason, so parting with Keizer wouldn’t be a big deal.