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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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4. Drue Tranquill, LB

After beginning his career with the rival Los Angeles Chargers, Drue Tranquill swapped AFC West teams to join the Chiefs on a one-year deal last offseason.

Despite going from 16 starts in 17 games last year to eight across 16 this season, Tranquill still managed to be productive. The former Notre Dame product racked up 53 solo tackles, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and a defended pass while playing 57% of defensive snaps — the second-lowest percentage of his career when healthy.

The 28-year-old linebacker was also productive throughout the Chiefs' postseason run, tallying 18 solo tackles across four games, which was good enough for the third-best mark on the team.

Tranquill played on a $3 million contract, so it'd be ideal if the Chiefs could re-sign him at a similar cost. He isn't going to win Kansas City games all by himself, but he's still a team-first player who does whatever is asked of him. He's an effective weapon to use against the run and in the pass rush, and the Chiefs would be silly to let him test his worth on the open market.

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