In a perfect world, the Kansas City Chiefs would be able to preserve their entire Super Bowl winning roster. But that’s an impossible reality.
Kansas City’s long-term vision revolves around keeping Patrick Mahomes signed and happy for the rest of his career. But that’ll come at a cost. The Chiefs will have to part ways with key players if they want to retain Mahomes and other critical offensive weapons.
Given their situation, the Chiefs may have to entertain the idea of trading star DT Chris Jones. Kansas City’s best defensive player in 2019 is set to become a free-agent in coming months. But the Chiefs still have the option to franchise-tag Jones and subsequently trade him.
ESPN NFL analyst Dan Graziano predicts Kansas City will do just that. Graziano predicts the Chiefs will trade Jones to the Indianapolis Colts for a second-round pick in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.
“The Chiefs trade Chris Jones to the Colts for a second-round pick and more,” Graziano wrote on ESPN. “I don’t think the Chiefs are going to give Jones the contract he wants, so I see him as a franchise-and-trade candidate a la Frank Clark and Dee Ford last year.”
Kansas City used the same strategy last year, dealing Dee Ford to the 49ers.
The Chiefs would love to retain Jones given his talent and defensive impact. But receiving a second-round pick from the Colts in return isn’t a bad alternative.
This potential trade scenario could pick-up steam over the next few weeks.