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3 Players Who Won't Be on the Chiefs Roster Next Season

Max Staley
Three Chiefs who won't be on the roster in 2021, including Damien Williams.
Three Chiefs who won't be on the roster in 2021, including Damien Williams. / Focus On Sport/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs came up just short in their quest for back-to-back Super Bowls, losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-9. It's not all bad news in Kansas City, though. The Chiefs are currently favored to win Super Bowl LVI with +500 odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.

The team could look pretty different next year, though. The Chiefs will need to find a way to clear some salary this offseason, as they're currently projected to be about $18 million over the cap in 2021. In all likelihood, that will force GM Brett Veach to have to make some tough roster decisions in the coming months.

With that in mind, here are three Chiefs that won't be on the team in 2021.

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3. Sammy Watkins, WR

Sammy Watkins is an impending free agent and Kansas City will likely let him walk. This receiving corps is good enough to get by without the former first-round pick, as it has proved many times over the past few seasons. Plus, the Chiefs simply don't have the money to pay him the deal he's surely looking for. Watkins is as good as gone unless he agrees to a significant pay cut.

2. Daniel Sorensen, S

Daniel Sorensen seems to have a knack for showing up in big moments. It feels like he's just always around the football. However, he was not particularly effective in 2020. His play was a big part of the reason why KC was so ineffective against the run, as Sorensen's 33.5 grade as a run defender from ProFootballFocus was the worst mark among all qualified safeties. It's not like he really made up for it in coverage either, grading out with a below-average mark of 58.5, per PFF. He's also an impending free agent, making a return in 2021 seem unlikely.

1. Damien Williams, RB

Damien Williams was phenomenal in the 2019 postseason, racking up 290 yards and 6 TDs in three appearances. Unfortunately, he hasn't seen the field since as he opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID concerns. In his absence, the organization spent its 2020 first-round pick on RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, which is not a good sign about Williams' future with the team. And Kansas City can free up more than $2 million by moving on from him this offseason. Given where the Chiefs stand with the cap, it's tough to see Williams coming back in 2021.

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