12 Chiefs Who Won't Return For Super Bowl Champs in 2024

Even though the Kansas Chiefs were victorious at Super bowl 58, not everyone is guaranteed to return for the 2024 NFL campaign. Here are 12 Chiefs who won't return next season.
Chris Jones is one of 12 Chiefs who might not return for the 2024 NFL season.
Chris Jones is one of 12 Chiefs who might not return for the 2024 NFL season. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
11 of 12

11. LB Willie Gay Jr.

Much like Danna, it'll be interesting to see what the Chiefs do with free-agent linebacker Willie Gay Jr. in the coming weeks.

Gay's 2023 performance was far from his most productive, finishing with 44 solo tackles, four defended passes, three fumble recoveries, one interception, and a sack. He was also targeted 29 times in the passing game, allowing 22 completions for 177 yards without a touchdown and a 76.4 opposing passer rating.

Although Gay received PFF's fourth-worst coverage grade among 77 eligible linebackers (41.1), his 72.7 run defense grade (30th-best) highlights his usefulness when it comes to stopping the run. His overall performance has resulted in Spotrac projected him to seek $7 million per season in free agency. The Chiefs likely wouldn't balk at that number in any other offseason, but this year's financial issues make it tough to imagine a deal happening.

Could Gay take a team-friendly discount? Maybe, but he's also in the prime of his career and will likely explore his options. He's already won two Super Bowls in Kansas City, so it isn't as if he's desperate for a ring. Money is likely the most important goal for him this offseason.