3 Chiefs Most Likely to Be Traded This Offseason

With the Kansas City Chiefs needing to re-sign several key free agents like Chris Jones and Willie Gay Jr., don't be surprised if the Super Bowl champs trade these three players this offseason.
Veteran safety Justin Reid is one of three Chiefs whom are likely to be traded this spring.
Veteran safety Justin Reid is one of three Chiefs whom are likely to be traded this spring. / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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After winning their third Super Bowl in five seasons, the Kansas City Chiefs must face their offseason to-do list.

Free agency, as usual, will be the team's biggest task to handle. Although the Chiefs have over $22.6 million in cap space (per Spotrac), there's a long list of key players that must be re-signed. Those names range from defensive tackle Chris Jones to wideout Mecole Hardman, the man who scored the game-winning touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.

If the Chiefs want to free up some cap space, the trade market is their best friend. After all, there are several players that can be moved to create some extra cash to help re-sign their pending free agents. Every available penny matters when it comes to creating a Super Bowl-caliber team.

With that in mind, here are the three Chiefs who are most likely to be traded this offseason.

1. S Justin Reid

The 2023 season was Justin Reid's second of the three-year, $31.5 million contract he signed with the Chiefs in 2022. The 27-year-old's tenure in Kansas City has been mixed, to say the least, so far.

Across 33 games over the last two seasons, Reid has tallied 133 solo tackles, 4.0 sacks, 14 defended passes, and a forced fumble. Those numbers are decent, however, his coverage statistics aren't. He's been targeted 120 times since joining the Chiefs, allowing 771 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 76 receptions.

Pro Football Focus' grading system illustrates how disappointing Reid was in 2023. He received grades of 52.5 for cover and 58.5 for overall defense after tallying marks of 73.8 and 73.2, respectively, last season.

With the Chiefs having several free agents to re-sign, trading Reid away would help a lot with that goal. According to Spotrac, Kansas City can save $10.72 million by trading the former Stanford Cardinal away at any point this offseason. A lot of good can be done with a financial figure like that, so you can't blame the Chiefs if they do wind up shipping Reid out of town.