The Kansas City Chiefs fell just short of making their third straight Super Bowl appearance this past season when they lost to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship. This is by no means the end of the line, though. Kansas City has proven they will be a dominant force for years to come.
General manager Brett Veach enters the offseason with an opportunity to upgrade the roster through free agency. The team will have to shed some cap space first given they are currently projected to have $3.7 million available. There are still a number of players willing to sign short-term deals.
Here's a look at three free agents that the Dolphins need to sign to make a Super Bowl run next season.
Chiefs Free Agent Targets
1. JuJu Smith Schuster, Wide Receiver
Both Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle are set to become free agents, leaving the Chiefs thin at wide receiver outside of Pro Bowler Tyreek Hill. JuJu Smith-Schuster is a likely target for the team since almost joining Kansas City last offseason before signing a one-year deal worth $8 million with Pittsburgh. Offering a similar amount this time around is definitely affordable for the Chiefs. The fifth-year pro's 2021 season was derailed due to an early shoulder injury, but it's worth noting that Smith-Schuster averages 5.1 receptions and 61.2 receiving yards per game in his career. Giving quarterback Patrick Mahomes weapons is never a bad idea, especially another one capable of racking up yards after the catch.
2. Charles Harris, Defensive End
Another need for the Chiefs is finding a defensive end to pair with Frank Clark along the defensive line. After all, Kansas City finished with the fourth-fewest sacks in the NFL this past season (31.0). Affording players like Jadeveon Clowney or Emmanuel Ogbah are out of the question here. That makes Charles Harris of the Detroit Lions a very underrated option. The 26-year-old came out of nowhere to rack up 7.5 sacks and 16 quarterback hits in 2021. Both of those tallies trump that of any Kansas City Chiefs player. Spotrac projects Harris to warrant a yearly salary of around $8.6 million, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him take less to join a winning organization.
3. Desmond King, Cornerback
It's safe to say the Chiefs' secondary is going to look a lot different next season. Safety Tyrann Mathieu is set to be a free agent alongside cornerback Charvarious Ward. Kansas City needs to find some help after allowing 251.5 passing yards per game in 2021 (No. 27 in NFL). Desmond King may not be as big of a household name as he once was, but he put together quite the season with the Houston Texans. The 27-year-old logged 93 tackles, 6 pass breakups, 3 interceptions and 1 force fumble over 16 games played. Pouncing on King before other teams start outbidding them would be a smart move by the Chiefs.
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