Report: Darqueze Dennard set to visit with Chiefs
Former Bengals’ cornerback Darqueze Dennard is set to visit with the Kansas City Chiefs.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2019
Dennard was the 24th pick in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Although he struggled early in his career, one of the best things about him is that he kept improving every season. But being stuck behind William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick, it seems more than likely that he’ll want to move on to a new team.
That’s where the Chiefs come in. They’ll need to add another cornerback via free agency or the draft. Orlando Scandrick has remained unsigned and Steven Nelson signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a multi-year contract.
Not only do the Chiefs need a slot cornerback, but they also need a player to start opposite Kendall Fuller. Dennard has been one of the best slot cornerbacks in the NFL the past couple seasons.
In 2018, he had 68 tackles, six passes defensed, and two forced fumbles in 13 games. In his five-year NFL career, he has 237 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, 17 passes defensed, and two forced fumbles.
Fuller was also considered to be one of the top slot cornerbacks in the NFL when he was with the Washington Redskins. He transitioned well with the Chiefs, being successful as both an inside and outside cornerback for the Chiefs.
With the successful transition of Fuller from the slot and the constant improvement from Dennard, adding the former Bengal cornerback would help improve the second-worst pass defense of the Chiefs.
They already added versatile safety Tyrann Mathieu and look to continue adding players to their defensive backfield. Their pass defense could not stop Tom Brady and the Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
The potential addition of Dennard would be beneficial for the Chiefs if they meet up with them again in the 2019 playoffs.