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3 Former Chiefs Who Will Fail Miserably With Their New Teams After Free Agency

The grass isn't always greener, and these former Chiefs are about to learn that lesson the hard way.

Oct 12, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay (50) celebrates
Oct 12, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay (50) celebrates / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Winning the Super Bowl is the crowning achievement that most NFL players strive for. But it's not everybody's top priority. Some players would rather make more money or earn more playing time on another team than take a lesser role (and less money) on a top contender.

That, of course, explains why every free agent isn't lined up to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs. And some former Chiefs players are apparently all set with the ring (or rings) they already have, so they decided to sign elsewhere this offseason.

The grass is not always greener on the other side, however, and these former Chiefs are going to have real issues in their new homes.

1. Willie Gay Jr. (New Orleans Saints)

With Drue Tranquill's extension eating up the money KC had available to throw around to linebackers, it was clear Willie Gay's time with the Chiefs was up unless he was willing to play at a huge discount.

Instead he opted to leave for the New Orleans Saints, getting a one-year deal reportedly worth up to $5 million. Considering only 10 off-ball linebackers make an average of more than $5 million per season, that's a wild number.

And more power to Gay cashing in like that. But it's hard to imagine this is going to set him up well for his next contract.

Gay proved very one-dimensional last year as a stout run defender with major issues in coverage. Considering the Saints have an elite coverage linebacker in Demaraio Davis, this means the Saints are likely going to keep Gay off the field in obvious passing situations.

After playing over 60% of the Chiefs' defensive snaps in each of the last two seasons, a smaller role could have two effects: making it much harder for Gay to hit his contract incentives to actually reach that $5 million mark, as well as making him look a lot less impressive when he negotiates a new contract next offseason.