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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4. Jerick McKinnon - RB

There have been no reports indicating the Chiefs are interested in re-signing Jerick McKinnon, who had nine receiving TDs in 2022. It looks like he could be replaced by an undrafted running back, but it's not yet clear who will be Kansas City's third-string back.

That does leave some chance that McKinnon will come back for one more season. He had a critical catch late in the Super Bowl win over the 49ers and just like with Hardman, his experience in the system pays dividends. He's 32 years old and other free agents could be more appealing, though I still like what McKinnon brings to the table in a small role.

We're talking about a guy with 16 TDs in three years and a trusted late-game weapon. There's a place for him on the Chiefs' roster or elsewhere.

Isiah Pacheco and Clyde Edwards-Helaire can stay as the first and second backs on the depth chart. If Pacheco gets hurt or the Chiefs need some extra receiving juice, McKinnon can slide in just like he has over the last couple of years.

Perhaps his body can't hold up or his injuries zapped his effectiveness. If that's the case, an undrafted rookie or even Keaontay Ingram or Deneric Price would be a better fit as the Chiefs try to win a third straight Super Bowl.