5 Former Chiefs Still Unemployed as OTAs Arrive

Mecole Hardman had 57 yards and a TD in the Super Bowl win over the 49ers
Mecole Hardman had 57 yards and a TD in the Super Bowl win over the 49ers / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Donovan Smith - LT

The Chiefs' starting left tackle in the Super Bowl isn't on a roster despite starting 12 games in the regular season and four more in the playoffs for Kansas City. Considering the importance of the position and Smith's relatively solid play, I'm surprised he hasn't garnered more interest.

2023 third-round pick Wanya Morris and 2024 second-round pick Kingsley Suamataia are expected to compete for the starting role, though Morris was recently charged with a misdemeanor following an arrest at the end of last week. Perhaps the Chiefs see that as a sign that Smith could be a necessary addition, but my guess is they're moving forward without him.

A former second-round pick in 2015, Smith spent the first eight years of his career with Tampa Bay before coming to Kansas City.

There are few available left tackles with Smith's combination of success and experience. Despite missing roughly a month last year with injury, Smith returned for the postseason run and played well.

It makes sense for the Chiefs to move forward with rookies on team-friendly contracts, but other NFL teams should be giving Smith a look. I'd guess he finds a job before training camp.