The KC Chiefs need help at the linebacker position and Matt Milano would give them that much-needed help.
While there are a few positions that need major upgrading this offseason, most Kansas City Chiefs fans would say that linebacker is the one in most need of improvement. Brett Veach will hopefully be able to wave his free-agent wand and get a premier linebacker to come to Kansas City.
A reasonable option he could land would be Matt Milano, who spent the first four years of his career with the Buffalo Bills and did nice things there, especially for a fifth-round pick. Milano started 38 games during that time and had a total of 273 tackles, including 101 in 2019 when he started 15 games.
Seth Galina of Pro Football Focus said that Milano would be the Chiefs’ perfect match in free agency. He had this to say as to why,
"Milano is a very good coverage linebacker, and with the Chiefs holding leads in almost every game they play with Patrick Mahomes, these types of players are essential.While Milano does miss tackles in the run game, that’s not as important an aspect of the position right now. He had the NFL’s 12th-highest grade at linebacker in 2018, at 76.1, but his play has dropped over the last two years, when he’s graded at 65.6 and 54.5, respectively."
Matt Milano would fit in well with the KC Chiefs.
The worrisome part about Milano is what Galina touched on. His production has been dipping the past two years and he’s also not great against the run. Stopping the run is something the Chiefs have really struggled with, so if they’re serious about finding a hole to plug in there, Milano might not be the best fit.
Milano is a good tackler for the most part though and as Galina mentioned, he’s good in coverage. The Chiefs wouldn’t be able to call the linebacker position fully improved with Milano on board, but the former Boston College standout could help this unit for sure.
This would be an interesting acquisition, but Milano won’t come cheap even with his waning production on the field. Spotrac has Milano’s market value set at $13.8 per year and has him likely landing at least a three-year deal. He’ll be 27 next season so this wouldn’t be a bad contract, but it might be one that the Kansas City Chiefs can’t afford to give.
Would you want to see Matt Milano in a Chiefs uniform?