3 Chiefs on the Trade Block on Draft Day

The NFL Draft is known to feature its fair share of trades each year. With that in mind, here are three Kansas City Chiefs who find themselves on the trade block on Draft Day 2024.
Justin Reid is one Chief who's on the trade black ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft.
Justin Reid is one Chief who's on the trade black ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Thursday marks the Kansas City Chiefs' next step toward a potential Super Bowl three-peat when they take part in the 2024 NFL Draft. General manager Brett Veach has done an exceptional job at drafting ever since taking over the reins, leaving Chiefs fans to feel confident about his ability to find more gems.

But as any NFL enthusiast knows, the draft isn't all about the next generation of players. The annual event is also known to host its fair share of trades, whether it's been minor deals or league-shifting blockbusters. With how competitive the NFL can be, it wouldn't be surprising if Veach has a deal or two he wants to pull off.

Keeping that under consideration, here are three Chiefs who might find themselves on the trade block during the 2024 NFL Draft.

1. Justin Reid, S

If the Chiefs want to pull off a big trade on Draft Day, Justin Reid could be a candidate to be moved.

After all, moving the veteran safety could open a ton of cap space that Kansas City can use to further flesh out its roster. According to Spotrac, the Chiefs can save $10.75 million by trading Reid away before June 1, which would bring their cap space to over $29 million (not counting incoming rookie contracts).

So, why would the Chiefs trade the 27-year-old?

Well, Reid hasn't been anything special since arriving in Kansas City on a three-year, $31.5 million deal two years ago. He's been targeted 120 times over the last two seasons, surrendering 76 completions (63.3%) for 771 yards and seven touchdowns. For comparison, he only allowed 43 completions, 614 yards, and four TDs in his final two seasons with the Houston Texans.

Pro Football Focus' grading system further highlights Reid's struggles. While the former Stanford Cardinal was decent against the run in 2023, his abysmal 51.3 coverage grade was tied for the 10th-worst mark among 94 safeties.

The Chiefs can rid themselves of Reid once his contract expires at the end of the 2024 campaign, but I won't be surprised if Veach considers moving him if the price is right. After all, Kansas City finds a younger, cheaper replacement for the struggling safety in the draft.