3 Chiefs Veterans Who Could Be Training Camp Cuts
NFL fans can taste the excitement in the air as the 2022 season is less than two months away. First, each of the 32 teams must make it through training camp, with the Kansas City Chiefs' rookies kicking things off on Friday, July 22 before the veterans join on Tuesday, July 26.
The Chiefs hope to return to the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons. For that to happen, head coach Andy Reid must ensure that his squad fields the best roster possible. That means some tough decisions must be made at training camp, which could result in a veteran player losing his spot.
Here's a look at three Chiefs veterans who could be training camp cuts.
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1. Josh Gordon, WR
Chiefs insider Adam Teicher reported earlier this month that veteran wide receiver Josh Gordon could be on the roster bubble and it isn't tough to see why. Kansas City brought in Gordon last season in hopes that playing with Mahomes could rejuvenate his career. Instead, the 31-year-old finished with just five receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown in 12 games (seven starts). With the Chiefs bringing in wideouts of Marquez Valdes-Scantling, JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookie Skyy Moore this offseason, Gordon's even further down the depth chart than he was last year. Unless he impresses at training camp, his days as a Chief could be numbered.
2. Chad Henne, QB
Veteran gunslinger Chad Henne has spent the last four seasons in Kansas City, but his $3.265 million cap hit in 2022 is a lot for a backup. With Patrick Mahomes' job as the starter more than secured, QBs Shane Buechele and Dustin Crum, who went undrafted in 2021 and 2022, respectively, could challenge Henne for the backup position with strong camps. Both youngsters offer the Chiefs a chance to save on cap space, which can then be used to sign free agents that other teams end up cutting. Henne has been nothing but loyal whenever the Chiefs call on him, but it might be time to look for a cheaper backup QB.
3. Deon Bush, S
Even though veteran safety Deon Bush only signed with the Cheifs back in March, his roster spot is far from secure. As it stands, the 28-year-old likely slots in behind the likes of Justin Reid, Juan Thornhill and Bryan Cook on the depth chart, leaving him fighting for a spot at camp. Even though he showed some promise at times with the Chicago Bears last season, Bush still gave up an average of 14.1 yards on nine receptions over 23 targets. Unless he can prove that he can provide better coverage at training camp, his stay with the Chiefs could be a short one.
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