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5 Defenders Chiefs Will Have to Replace After the Super Bowl

Whether the Kansas City Chiefs win or lose at Super Bowl 58, there's a good chance that they'll have to replace these five defenders this offseason.

DT Chris Jones is one of five defenders that the Chiefs might have to replace this offseason.
DT Chris Jones is one of five defenders that the Chiefs might have to replace this offseason. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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3. DE Michael Danna

Michael Danna is someone who's improved with each passing season in Kansas City and the 2023 campaign was no exception.

Starting in a career-high 16 games, the former 2020 fifth-rounder set new personal bests when it comes to sacks (6.5), solo tackles (32), tackles for lost yardage (7), and swatted passes (3). He also amassed 41 quarterback pressures, per PFF, which is more than half of what he had in the three previous seasons combined (72).

The Chiefs finished the regular season with PFF's 11th-best pass rush grade, so it's easy to see how losing Danna this offseason would hurt. He's due for a major pay raise after earning a $2.7 million salary in 2023. Spotrac projects that he could make about $8.6 million per season on his next deal.

The Chiefs can certainly afford to re-sign Danna, but time will tell if they're willing to meet his asking price. If not, they might have to look at the 2024 NFL Draft for a cheaper replacement.