3. Justin Reid - Safety
Reid has the fifth-highest cap hit and simply has not produced at the level Brett Veach and the front office imagined when they brought him in to replace Tyrann Mathieu as a vocal leader in the secondary.
The Chiefs can get out of Reid's three-year contract after this season and I expect the organization to at least explore the possibility instead of taking his $14+ million cap hit.
While he did make a huge play in blocking a Denver field goal on Sunday, Reid was also beat deep by Jerry Jeudy and has routinely been out of position defending the run. Not coincidentally, run defense has been the lone wart for Kansas City's defense.
Pro Football Focus grades Reid as average, which won't cut it with his salary. He's been better in recent weeks, though he needs to keep improving to keep his spot on the roster in 2024.
Bryan Cook, a 2022 second-round pick, has been impressive while Mike Edwards is filling in nicely as well. Brett Veach's signature trait is finding players in the secondary at a discount, so it makes little sense to pay Reid over $14 million if he's just a mediocre player.
I'll be curious to see if Cook and Edwards' snaps increase throughout the rest of the season to prepare them for potentially taking over Reid's role next year.
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