3 Chiefs Who Aren't Safe After First Week of Free Agency

Kadarius Toney had just 169 receiving yards for the Chiefs in 2023
Kadarius Toney had just 169 receiving yards for the Chiefs in 2023 / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chiefs have been busy in the opening week of free agency, bringing back several key veterans while notably signing Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown to a one-year deal to solidify the wide receiver position.

Irv Smith Jr. came over as a pass-catching tight end as well, though those have been the only two major acquisitions thus far. Nonetheless, we've seen a glimpse into Brett Veach's strategy to bolster the roster and he's now well-positioned to target Kansas City's biggest needs in the 2024 NFL Draft next month.

It's not good news for everyone though, especially considering the Chiefs will need to trim the roster following the draft and free agency acquisitions. Kansas City is +350 to win the AFC once again though Veach isn't done yet. With that in mind, here are three players who aren't safe as the dust settles from the last 10 days:

3 Chiefs Who Aren't Safe After Beginning of Free Agency

1. Kadarius Toney - WR

It was a wildly disappointing year for Toney, as he was a healthy scratch in the Super Bowl following the fallout from a strange Instagram rant and was more notable for the things that happened off the field than on it.

Toney finished with 27 catches for 169 yards and one TD after expectations he could be the No. 1 wide receiver heading into the season. Once again, he labored through injuries and now can't be relied on moving forward. I still think Toney is a dynamic player who appeared to be misused, though it's hard to see him getting playing time if he's even on the roster.

Hollywood Brown immediately steps into a big role and if the Chiefs draft a receiver in the early rounds, that likely means Toney is the fifth receiver at best. His contract is fully guaranteed already since he was a first-round draft pick, though Brown, Rashee Rice, Skyy Moore and Justin Watson are all entrenched ahead of him even before you factor in a rookie.

The Chiefs have not yet made an official decision on Toney's status, but if you're reading the tea leaves, things don't look promising. He's still responsible for the longest punt return in Super Bowl history and has a pair of Super Bowl rings, though his legacy in Kansas City might be tarnished unless he can fix things with the coaching staff.

We'll see what happens in the coming weeks. In any case, I don't expect Toney to see the field much in 2024-25.

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