3 Nick Bolton Replacements the Chiefs Must Target Ahead of the Trade Deadline

Brett Veach must find linebacking depth after Bolton's wrist surgery will sideline him for the foreseeable future

Nick Bolton will miss approximately two months as he recovers from wrist surgery
Nick Bolton will miss approximately two months as he recovers from wrist surgery / William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Monty Rice - Tennessee Titans

A 2021 third-round pick, Rice fits the mold of a Brett Veach archetype. He was a solid prospect that suffered injuries early in his career and now fights for playing time on a stout defense.

He's only got five tackles in limited snaps on the season so it likely wouldn't take much to pry him away from the Titans. Undrafted free agent Jack Gibbons has flashed for Tennessee, making Rice an expendable asset.

Rice was an extremely productive player in a four-year career at Georgia, amassing 219 career tackles while showcasing an impressive blend of physicality and speed that the Chiefs could tap into.

He earned first-team All-SEC honors his senior year and it's easy to imagine him pairing with Tranquill and Willie Gay Jr. to form one of the more athletic linebacking trios in the league until Bolton returns. At the least, Rice could provide quality depth as he learns under Steve Spagnuolo to reinvigorate his career.

With the Titans sitting in last place in the AFC South, jumpstarting the rebuild by selling players who fell out of favor makes a ton of sense.

While Rice would represent a project, this last potential linebacker target would immediately become the most accomplished linebacker on the team.