Kansas City Chiefs 2024 NFL offseason primer: Champs retooling for run at third straight Super Bowl title

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Kansas City Chiefs’ 2023 season: 11-6, won AFC West, won Super Bowl

Overview: Once again, the Chiefs are Super Bowl champions, but they should have an active offseason ahead. As everyone saw, they could absolutely use some upgrades on their roster, particularly at wide receiver. They also have a few key players hitting free agency that may create needs for them as the offseason progresses.

The Chiefs roster in 2024 could be looking very different from the team that just won its third Super Bowl in the last five seasons. But Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid are in place, which gives them a leg up on everyone else.

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Key free agents

CB L’Jarius Sneed
DL Chris Jones
OT Donovan Smith
WR Mecole Hardman
EDGE Michael Danna
LB Drue Tranquill
P Tommy Townsend

Who’s in/out: Sneed and Jones are the priorities here for the Chiefs. Those are their two best players on defense, but there’s a chance that neither will return next season, despite Jones telling the crowd at the Super Bowl parade “I ain’t going nowhere” this week. Both would take up a huge chunk of their available cap space with a franchise tag, but they may be able to get flexible and creative with extensions.

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs enter yet another offseason as Super Bowl champions. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Key free agent needs

Wide receiver
Offensive tackle
Defensive line

Why the holes? The Chiefs have tried to supply Patrick Mahomes with talent at wide receiver, but outside of Rashee Rice they don’t look to have many long-term hopes at that spot. Left tackle Donovan Smith is slated to become a free agent, but they could upgrade the level of play they received there. And with Chris Jones possibly leaving in free agency and pass rusher Charles Omenihu coming off a torn ACL in the Super Bowl, defensive line is an area the Chiefs will want to look at too.

Do they have the money?

The Chiefs are in good shape, projecting to enter the offseason with $23.8 million in cap space. They…

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Publish date : 2024-02-23 01:34:23

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