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4 Chiefs on the Chopping Block Next After Marquez Valdes-Scantling Release

After the Chiefs cut WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling on Wednesday morning, these four Kansas City players could be the next ones up on the chopping block.

Chiefs S Justin Reid could be the next player on the chopping block.
Chiefs S Justin Reid could be the next player on the chopping block. / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Charles Omenihu, DE

After spending the start of his career with the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers, veteran defensive end Charles Omenihu signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Chiefs last offseason.

After serving a six-game suspension to begin the 2023 season, it didn't take Omenihu long to contribute to the Chiefs' success. The former Texas Longhorn tallied career highs in both sacks (7.0) and solo tackles (18) while forcing a pair of fumbles and breaking up two passes in 11 regular-season games with one start.

Unfortunately, Omenihu couldn't be with the Chiefs when they took on the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas. The 27-year-old veteran tore his ACL in the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens, forcing him to watch the Super Bowl from the sidelines. Considering it can take up to eight months or longer to rehab from ACL surgery, there's a chance that he could miss a good chunk of the 2024 campaign.

If the Chiefs are unsure about when Omenihu will be 100%, they could opt to send him packing in favor of more cap space. After all, the franchise can free up $7.2 million with a release or trade before or after June 1, which can then be used to either sign multiple free agents or put towards re-signing a big name, like Chris Jones.

Even though he only spent one year in Kansas City so far, it could wind up being Omenihu's last.


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