3. Chris Jones - DT
This one hurts me as much as it hurts you, but letting Jones go is the kind of move successful dynasties have to make.
Kansas City already has an heir apparent on the defensive line on a rookie contract, and moving on from Jones would free up roughly $30 million in cap space to pursue other key contributors, like Humphrey, Mike Danna and L'Jarius Sneed.
I've long operated under the belief that Jones was playing his final year in Kansas City, though recent contract projections make that potential reality feel much more likely. Jones still has 7.5 sacks on the year in an impressive showcase and his excellent play probably only makes a reunion more impossible.
If Jones is going to command north of $30 million per year as he enters his age-31 season, Brett Veach will no choice but to let the Defensive Player of the Year finalist walk. It's the rare situation where the Chiefs are suffering because of Jones' stellar performance.
He's one of the greatest Chiefs in history and deserves every penny. That being said, the Chiefs' future would be better served building around younger players to maintain cap flexibility.
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