6 Chiefs Already on the Chopping Block Before OTAs

These Chiefs are already on the bubble before OTAs begin
Kansas City Chiefs, Rashee Rice
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The Kansas City Chiefs are aiming at the record books in 2024. Coming off their second Super Bowl win in a row — and third in the past five years — they're looking to make history as the first team to three-peat in the NFL.

Kansas City pulled off their latest win despite having struggles on offense throughout the season. That speaks to the talent of Patrick Mahomes, who is the best in the game right now. Heading into 2024, however, they already look much better on paper. That's why these six players are already on the chopping block before OTAs even begin.

6. Lucas Niang, Offensive Tackle

For years, the Kansas City Chiefs have played musical chairs at offensive tackle. One player who took a stab at holding down one of the starting spots is Lucas Niang, a third-round pick from TCU in 2020. In his second season, Niang was named the starting right tackle, making nine starts. Since then, he hasn't started a single game.

He has appeared in 21 games over the past two years, including 14 in 2023 but wasn't great in pass protection with a mere 56.5 pass-block grades according to Pro Football Focus. In just 36 snaps, he surrendered four pressures, which is far from efficient.

With Kingsley Suamataia added in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft, Niang is likely going to lose his job as the swing tackle which could lead to his release. It would save the Chiefs $1.1 million to move on, which isn't much, but it's worth clearing the room if they believe there's already a better option on the roster.