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4 Chiefs Kansas City Can't Afford to Let Hit Free Agency in 2024

After winning Super Bowl 58, the Kansas City Chiefs have several pending free agents they must address. While some are expendable, they can't afford to let these four players hit the open market.

DT Chris Jones is one of four players whom the Chiefs can't afford to let hit free agency.
DT Chris Jones is one of four players whom the Chiefs can't afford to let hit free agency. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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3. L'Jarius Sneed, CB

Sticking to defense, cornerback L'Jarius Sneed is another pending free agent that the Chiefs can't afford to lose.

Sneed excelled at shutting down opposing receivers in his fourth NFL campaign. Making 16 regular-season starts, the 27-year-old veteran only allowed 51 receptions on 100 targets for 478 yards without a touchdown. The 56.2 passer rating he allowed when targeted would've ranked sixth-worst among 59 quarterbacks last season, meaning QBs essentially turned into Tim Boyle when targeted the former Louisiana Tech CB.

It was also the third time in four seasons that Sneed finished with a PFF coverage grade of 71.2 or better, clocking in at 73.8 — good for 29th out of 127 eligible cornerbacks.

After carrying a sub-$1 million cap hit in 2023, Spotrac projects Sneed to earn $16.3 million annually on his next contract. It's a steep price to pay, yes, but also well worth it for the results that the Minden, LA native brings to the table.

Considering how Kansas City allowed the fourth-fewest passing yards and aerial TDs last season, finding a way to re-sign Sneed is a no-brainer.