Chiefs Named Realistic Landing Spot for Former Rival RB

Matt Nagy and Andy Reid are in search of a third running back on the depth chart
Matt Nagy and Andy Reid are in search of a third running back on the depth chart / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs still don't have a defined third running back on the depth chart entering the conclusion of OTAs. Isiah Pacheco and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are a clear one-two punch, though question marks remain behind them.

Undrafted rookies like Emani Bailey or Carson Steele could shine, the team could prefer a holdover like Deneric Prince or Keontay Ingram, or a free agent may win the coaching staff over instead.

If Kansas City prefers the free agency route, Alex Kay of Bleacher Report believes a former Raiders running back would be a perfect fit with the two-time defending Super Bowl champions.

Chiefs Named 'Realistic Landing Spot' for Former Raiders RB Lavatius Murray

Murray last played for the Raiders in 2016 and has played with five different teams since, most recently suiting up for the Bills last season. He ran for 1,000 yards in 2015 and while he's not the explosive back he once was, Murray has a nose for the end zone with 59 career TDs.

Kay writes, "Thus far, Kansas City has opted against bringing back fellow veteran Jerick McKinnon following his three-year stint at Arrowhead. Without McKinnon in the mix, the Chiefs could use a steady hand behind starter Isiah Pacheco."

Having a reliable runner is vital in case Pacheco or Edwards-Helaire suffer injuries, as both have dealt with recurring ailments throughout their careers. Kay continues, "Murray's ability to grasp a new offense and meaningfully contribute might be invaluable to a team that will have a target on its back every week and can't afford to slip up in 2024."

Murray has certainly shown an ability to adapt to new offenses and could be ring-hunting this late in his career. I wouldn't expect Murray to have much left in the tank but he can still be a reliable veteran for a team focused on the ultimate prize.

Kansas City concludes optional OTAs on June 7 before turning its attention to mandatory minicamp June 11-13. How the Chiefs handle that third running back spot is one of the biggest remaining questions this summer for the team.

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