3 Ways the L'Jarius Sneed Trade Could Backfire on Chiefs

L'Jarius Sneed allowed just a 54.2 passer rating when targeted in 2023
L'Jarius Sneed allowed just a 54.2 passer rating when targeted in 2023 / Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
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2. L'Jarius Sneed Stays Healthy and Gets Even Better

A big concern for the Chiefs regarding a potential Sneed extension centered around his health. He dealt with a knee injury throughout the year, and reports indicate Kansas City was more worried about the potential of re-injury than the public initially understood.

The Titans apparently had no such concerns, signing Sneed to a four-year extension with $55 million guaranteed. It's a big gamble, but if Tennessee proves correct, the trade compensation of a third-round pick and seventh-round swap will prove to be a steal.

Sneed is one of the best in the league at shutting down top receiving options. Given the influx of effective passing attacks, he presents a tremendous value if he stays healthy.

Many in Chiefs Kingdom wanted the organization to keep Sneed on the franchise tag for one more year to maximize the chances at another Super Bowl. If the former fourth-round pick stays healthy and performs like an All-Pro once again while Kansas City's young secondary struggles, it'll be a tough pill to swallow.

Brett Veach has earned the benefit of the doubt regarding this particular position. The Chiefs let players like Tyrann Mathieu and Chavarius Ward walk and arguably improved both spots, though you're playing with fire when you let a player of Sneed's caliber go.

With relatively disappointing returns from the trade, Chiefs fans won't be happy if the concerns about Sneed's knee prove to be unfounded.