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Players the Chiefs Should Trade to Shed Salary During 2020 Offseason

Jason Schandl
Players the Chiefs should trade to free up salary cap space, including Sammy Watkins.
Players the Chiefs should trade to free up salary cap space, including Sammy Watkins. / Rob Carr/Getty Images
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The Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs may not be in for the most exciting offseason. Already ranking just No. 28 in the NFL in salary cap space, they reportedly plan to use the franchise tag on star defender Chris Jones, which won't leave them with much wiggle room. They're going to have to make some moves to shed salary.

They also reportedly don't want to do that in the way of roster cuts, so we could see the Chiefs ship off some veterans in trades this offseason.

Here are three players that could be on the move.

1. Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins on the sideline during the Super Bowl.
Sammy Watkins on the sideline during the Super Bowl. / Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Sammy Watkins' contract is ugly, and unless he agrees to re-structure with a team-friendly deal, he's not likely to suit up in KC next season. The contract certainly hurts his trade value, but teams tend to be enamored with the potential of former first-round picks, and Watkins did show some flashes in the postseason, tallying a total of 288 yards on 14 receptions. He won't fetch a huge return in a trade, but the Chiefs may be able to find a suitor rather than releasing him.

2. Anthony Hitchens

Anthony Hitchens during a game against the Titans.
Anthony Hitchens during a game against the Titans. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Anthony Hitchens carries the Chiefs' sixth-highest cap hit ($12.6 million) for the 2020 season, and nothing about his play in 2019 suggests that he's worth that. He's just one year removed from a 135-tackle campaign in 2018, though, and as a guy who's started 78 games across six pro seasons, a linebacker-needy team may be interested in kicking the tires.

3. Alex Okafor

Alex Okafor before a game against the Denver Broncos.
Alex Okafor before a game against the Denver Broncos. / Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Alex Okafor has had a fairly successful NFL career given he was just a fourth-round pick in 2013. He showed flashes with 8.0 sacks in 2014, and he posted the next best total of his career with 5.0 in 2019. He graded out poorly as both a pass-rusher and run-stopper in 2019 though, according to Pro Football Focus. Edge defenders are always in high demand, and Okafor does have three straight seasons with at least 4.0 sacks, so a modest return could be in the cards if the Chiefs do try to trade him.


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