The Kansas City Chiefs enter the NFL offseason after failing to play in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2018. While fans enjoyed a fourth consecutive AFC Championship appearance, Kansas City's postseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals left the Chiefs fanbase wanting more.
Even though the Chiefs have their fair share of roster holes to fill, they have some resources to bounce back — 10 selections at the 2022 NFL Draft and just over $3.7 million of space to spend in free agency, as per Spotrac.
The next few months could unfold in numerous ways for Kansas City, so here's a look at three bold predictions for the Chiefs' offseason.
Chiefs Bold Predictions
1. Chiefs Sign a Legitimate No. 2 Wide Receiver
The Chiefs own one of the top offenses in the league every season, mainly because QB Patrick Mahomes has top-tier weapons like WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce at his disposal. However, Kansas City has lacked a true No. 2 wideout in recent years due to Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle not developing as planned. If the Chiefs shed some dead weight to make up cap space, they should pursue some of the more well-known names in free agency. There are veteran wideouts like A.J. Green and Emmanuel Sanders who could make a difference. The Chiefs should also pursue someone like JuJu Smith-Schuster, who could take a cheaper "prove it" deal after coming off of an injury-riddled 2021 campaign. Regardless of who they go with, Kansas City needs another legitimate wideout to continue being a contender.
2. Chiefs Will Trade Up From No. 30 to Improve Defense
Kansas City's defense was one of the more talked-about stories last season. Even though the Chiefs had one of the best defensive units in the second half of the season, things quickly fell apart once the playoffs arrived. That's why the Chiefs should trade up from the No. 30 pick at the 2022 NFL Draft to get a defender who can step in right away. Someone like Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd or Georgia defensive lineman Jordan Davis could make an immediate impact if Kansas City can move up a few spots to grab them. After all, the Chiefs have four picks in the first three rounds to play with, which should be more than enough to convince a higher team to swap spots.
3. Kansas City Will Cut LB Anthony Hitchens
Veteran linebacker Anthony Hitchens had an underwhelming 2021 campaign, proven by his 44.1 overall grade on ProFootballFocus. Now, it's getting hard to justify his $12.6 million cap hit in the upcoming season. Fortunately, the Chiefs can save around $8.4 million if they decide to buy him out. While he's been loyal to the team for the last four seasons, opening up that kind of cap space could be game-changing for the Chiefs in free agency. If the goal is to win Super Bowl 57 next season, Kansas City cutting Hitchens could prove to be the difference-maker.
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