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3 Chiefs Cap Casualty Cuts to Save Millions This Offseason

The Kansas City Chiefs are officially back-to-back Super Bowl Champions. Having said that, if they want to three-peat they must consider cutting these three players to save millions of dollars this offseason.

WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling is one of three Chiefs who could be cut to save millions this offseason.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling is one of three Chiefs who could be cut to save millions this offseason. / Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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2. S Justin Reid — Cap Savings: $10.72 Million

Justin Reid is another player who signed a big contract that hasn't aged all that well. Like Valdes-Scantling, the ex-Stanford Cardinal joined the Chiefs during the 2022 offseason on a three-year, $31.5 million deal after spending his first four seasons with the Houston Texans.

While Reid occasionally shows why he deserved that money, he's left fans wanting and craving more results more often than not. The 26-year-old has been targeted 120 times over the last two seasons, surrendering 76 receptions (63.3%) for 771 yards and seven touchdowns.

If that isn't bad enough, his 52.8 coverage grade in 2023 ranks 83rd among 94 eligible safeties, per Pro Football Focus. Hell, he finished Super Bowl LVIII with an overall defensive grade of 54.2, which was actually worse than his season-long average (58.4).

The Chiefs have one of the NFL's best defenses, but they won't be too hurt if they part ways with Reid. If anything, it'd be addition by subtraction. Kansas City can save $10.72 million in cap space if they trade/release the former 2018 third-rounder