Will the Kansas City Chiefs be interested in any of these players? It wouldn’t hurt for the Chiefs to take a look their way.
The requirement to be on the 53 man roster is approaching quickly and we are already seeing players moving around. The deadline to cut the rosters down to 53 players is on August 31st. At the moment, the Kansas City Chiefs do not necessarily have a glaring need at any position.
With that being said they could still benefit from upgrading by way of a trade or by picking up some players who get cut from their current team.
The Kansas City Chiefs do have some players needing contracts in the offseason. Tyrann Mathieu is looking to get an extension and has certainly earned it. It’s also important to keep an eye on recently acquired left tackle Orlando Brown. Plus, even Tyreek Hill is getting close on his current deal.
Let’s take a look at three players that could either get traded or picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jaylon Smith might be worth adding to the Kansas City Chiefs
This is a player that could immediately upgrade the defense, and more specifically the linebacker room. Jaylon Smith was drafted in 2016 by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2nd round. Jaylon Smith would sign a 6 year $68,421,000 contract on August 20th, 2019.
This contract fully guaranteed $35,406,678. In 2021 Smith will make a little over $7,000,000. This would be a tremendous trade for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Dallas Cowboys run a base 4-3 defense in which Jaylon Smith plays middle linebacker. Linebackers such as recently signed Keanu Neal, and rookie Micah Parsons getting the nod over Jaylon Smith. Also former first-round pick Leighton Vander-Esch has been getting looks in the preseason games. They also drafted Jabril Cox in the 4th round of the 2021 draft. If the Kansas City Chiefs can convince the Cowboys to take on some of Smith’s base salary this could be a very appealing trade.
The Kansas City Chiefs currently have Anthony Hitchens and Ben Niemann roving the middle linebacker position. Jaylon Smith would fit nicely with Willie Gay, and 2021 2nd round pick Nick Bolton.