The Kansas City Chiefs' offensive line got exposed in Super Bowl LV. That he was only sacked three times was something of a mini-miracle. Mahomes was pressured on 29-of-56 dropbacks, which is the worst single-game mark in Super Bowl history.
Of course, there were some extenuating circumstances. Pro Bowl tackle Eric Fisher tore his Achilles, 2018 first-team All-Pro Mitchell Schwartz was out with a back injury, former Pro Bowl guard Kelechi Osemele was out as well, and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif opted out of the 2020 NFL season.
This unit should be much better next year, but not all of those guys are guaranteed to be back. For example, Osemele's contract is up, and Fisher will likely miss a good portion of the season to recover from one of the worst injuries in sports.
To avoid a repeat of what happened last night, KC might need to add some depth on the OL in free agency. But without much financial flexibility, the Chiefs will need to do it on the cheap. Here are three linemen they could target this offseason.
3. Lane Taylor, G, Green Bay Packers
Lane Taylor missed most of the 2020 season for the Green Bay Packers, as he was knocked out for the year in Week 1. But he was excellent in his lone appearance, receiving an 81.6 overall grade from ProFootballFocus. He was similarly effective last year, boasting a 75.5 pass-blocking grade, per PFF. The injury should mean he comes at a bargain, and he should be a solid replacement in the event that Osemele leaves. At the very least, he'd be a great depth signing.
2. Mike Iupati, G, Seattle Seahawks
Mike Iupati turned back the clock in 2020, boasting a rock-solid 67.8 overall grade from PFF across his 10 appearances. The soon-to-be 34-year-old shouldn't cost too much because of his age, but he'd bring a nasty element to an O-Line that could really use it. A famously accomplished run-blocker, adding Iupati could be a good way to maximize the run game and take some pressure off of Mahomes.
1. Cam Robinson, T, Jacksonville Jaguars
With Mike Remmers set to hit free agency, and Fisher likely rehabbing for a decent amount of the year, KC might need to address tackle. Robinson would be a fine fill-in for Fisher while he's on the shelf, and the 26-year-old could be an excellent swing tackle once Fisher gets healthy. Robinson hasn't really lived up to his pre-draft pedigree, but signing a cheap 1-year deal with Kansas City could be a good way to rehab his image around the league. This could be a win-win move for both sides.
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