Trade Away: Chris Jones, DT
There was a ton of discussion last offseason as to whether the Chiefs would bring back Chris Jones or look to tag and trade him. Interestingly enough, the Chiefs gave themselves an out this season when constructing Jones’ contract.
If the Chiefs trade him, they can save a pile of money against the cap ($20.875 million). With a draft class that appears weak at defensive tackle and because of the lack of in-season scouting, the lack of a combine, and other scouting events, would a team willing to part with a nice offer for the defensive tackle?
I do not expect Jones to be traded and the Chiefs will likely convert that roster bonus to a signing bonus, eliminating the idea of a trade. He is the team’s best defensive player.
Trade For: Will Clapp, IOL
Will Clapp has been in the NFL for three years but has yet to record an NFL start. He has experience stepping in at both guard spots as well as center, so at a minimum, Clapp would provide low-cost insurance along the interior of the offensive line while perhaps also being given the opportunity to compete for additional playing time in Kansas City.
After the Saints released veteran Nick Easton, one has to wonder if the Saints plan with Clapp is similar to what the Chiefs would consider doing. Would he be available in a trade? I’m sure if KC offered enough, but then again, what do they offer for a player with zero career starts in the NFL?