The Kansas City Chiefs just won the Super Bowl and the future is bright with Patrick Mahomes at the helm. After Mahomes and the rest of the organization are finished celebrating, it’s time to focus on the offseason.
For any NFL team, winning the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal each and every season. Some teams get content after winning a Super Bowl and end up never getting back to the big game.
But for the Chiefs, it’s all about improving the roster and coming back even better in 2020. First on the list is figuring out what to do in free agency when the new league year begins in March.
Despite winning the Super Bowl, there are still areas on the roster that need to be addressed. Provided that, here are three moves the Chiefs must make in the offseason.
3. Release or trade Sammy Watkins
In Super Bowl 54, Sammy Watkins hauled in five receptions for 98 yards en route to Kansas City’s 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Even though it was a remarkable performance, it was only Watkins’ third game of the season where he had an excess of 80 receiving yards.
Considering how much the Chiefs are paying him, they’d like to see more production from the former first-round pick. As a matter of fact, Watkins is going to be a $21 million cap hit for the Chiefs in 2020. That is the highest cap hit for a wide receiver in the NFL next season.
Taking all of that into consideration, Kansas City needs to part ways with Watkins. The Chiefs would free up $14 million by releasing or trading Watkins while incurring a $7 million dead-cap penalty.
Getting rid of Watkins would give the Chiefs more money for when they need to sign Mahomes to a historic extension.
2. Re-Sign Chris Jones
When the new league year begins in March, the most notable player that becomes a free agent for the Chiefs is Chris Jones. Even though he doesn’t play a flashy position, Jones is vital to the success of Kansas City’s defense.
Over the past few seasons, Jones has steadily become one of the best interior defenders in the NFL. The Mississippi State product has combined for 31 sacks, 32 tackles for loss, and seven forced fumbles since 2017.
Without a doubt, Jones is going to garner interest from other teams in free agency. However, the Chiefs need to do everything they can to bring Jones back in 2020 and beyond.
1. Draft J.K. Dobbins
The Chiefs will have to wait a bit to be on the clock in the 2020 NFL Draft. Following Kansas City’s Super Bowl victory, they’ll have the 32nd overall pick in the first round.
In the past two seasons, Damien Williams has shown up when it has mattered most. Despite his playoff heroics, Williams isn’t an every-down running back that can be effective on the ground consistently.
Everyone knows how lethal the Chiefs’ offense is through the air. But for them to take the offense to an entirely different level, it would be intriguing to see the team select J.K. Dobbins in the first round.
Dobbins broke Ohio State’s single-season rushing record with 2,003 yards in 2019. The record was previously owned by some random guy named Eddie George who also happened to play running back at Ohio State.