Chiefs Make Huge Mistake in Projected Trade With AFC Contender

Cam Robinson was taken in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft
Cam Robinson was taken in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft / Corey Perrine / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Chiefs' roster appears mostly set following minicamp, with only a few true position battles remaining. Perhaps the largest question left is whether Wanya Morris or Kingsley Suamataia will start at left tackle, though one new projected trade would throw a wrench into that equation.

Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report proposed a trade that would land Kansas City former second-round pick Cam Robinson from Jacksonville for draft capital, presumably to be the left tackle of the future.

Considering the Chiefs just used a second-round pick on Suamataia to serve that role, I think this trade would be a major mistake.

Proposed Trade Gives Chiefs OT Cam Robinson from Jaguars

Cam Robinson Trade

While Robinson is an improving left tackle who enjoyed perhaps the best season of his career last year, albeit in only nine games, this trade wouldn't make any sense whatsoever for the Chiefs.

Robinson carries a cap hit just under $22 million this year before reaching free agency. Why would the Chiefs give up two mid-round picks for one year of control at $22 million at a position they've invested third and second-round selections in over the last two drafts?

Davenport writes, "As things stand today, the two-time defending champions will enter the 2024 season with their third starting left tackle in as many years. Protecting Patrick Mahomes' blind side sounds important." It certainly is important and the Chiefs have been the subject of trade rumors for a reason.

However, the organization is comfortable with Suamataia and Morris. The latter started four games last year while Suamataia has the athleticism and underlying profile to be the left tackle for years to come.

I'm not in the business of taking draft picks away from Brett Veach. He just had perhaps his finest draft yet and routinely makes stellar selections in the middle rounds. If I'm the Chiefs, I want Veach to have as many shots on goal as possible. Robinson is a good player but I'd be unhappy if Kansas City tried to make a trade like this one.

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