The Kansas City Chiefs have to find answers after an embarrassing Week 7 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Their offense has moved the ball continuously against defenses, but the defense has been, well, awful. The Chiefs currently have the 28th ranked defense in yards allowed and 27th ranked defense in points allowed.
The offense is dealing with several issues as well. Kansas City leads the NFL in turnovers with 17. Patrick Mahomes is not taking care of the football. The offensive line has done little to help the situation as they’ve been inconsistent all season. One of the biggest areas of need for the offense is at receiver. Outside of Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, they have no other threats. Targeting a receiver at the trade deadline will make Mahomes’ life easier.
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The Chiefs’ Current Status
Current Record: 3-4
Division Standings: Third in the AFC West
In the Playoff Picture: Yes
Buyers or Sellers: Buyers
Current NFL Draft Slot: 16th Overall
Potential Trade #1: 2022 fourth-round pick and a 2023 fifth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for Emmanuel Ogbah
Getting pressure on the quarterback has been the Chiefs’ biggest problem defensively. Jarran Reed has yet to make an impact on the defensive front, and Chris Jones at the defensive end is not working. Frank Clark has also not done anything through the first seven games. Kansas City is ranked 32nd in sacks and 26th in quarterback hits. Adding Ogbah would instantly improve the pass rush. Ogbah only has 2.5 sacks this season, but he’s ranked within the top ten in quarterback hits.
Adding Ogbah to the defensive front alongside Jones, Clark, and Reed would be a drastic improvement. It would push Jones back inside to defensive tackle where he is dominant. Ogbah is a contract year, and with the Dolphins’ season heading south, stockpiling on draft picks should be in their plans. Kansas City only has $2.8 million in cap space, so Ogbah’s $7.5 million salary presents a problem, but they can work around that by either; re-structuring his deal, sending a player in return, or cutting a player.
Potential Trade #2: 2022 fifth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Melvin Ingram
The Chiefs have already been linked to Ingram in reports, so this one should come as no surprise. As mentioned in the section above, Kansas City needs help rushing the passer. Ingram’s 18 pressures are only 12 less than what the Chiefs have together as a team. Adding a veteran like Ingram gives the team a steady presence who they can depend on. Alex Highsmith has been playing well for the Steelers, leaving Ingram with a decreased role. Acquiring a fifth-round pick for a veteran who they are not using would be a win for Pittsburgh. Ingram is due a little over $1 million, so he fits the Chiefs’ current financial structure.
Potential Trade #3: 2022 fourth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Marvin Jones
The Chiefs need to improve their receiving corps. Hill and Kelce cannot carry the passing game by themselves. Byron Pringle, Demarcus Robinson, and Mecole Hardman have both proved to be incapable of filling the void left by Sammy Watkins. Jones would give the Chiefs a sure-handed receiver who can work all three levels of the field. He is a playmaker in the red zone and still has the speed to get vertical on defenses.
Jones excels at making tough catches in traffic which is something this receiving corps could use. Hardman is more of a gadget player, and by acquiring Jones, the team can utilize Hardman solely in a gadget role and deep threat. The Jaguars signed Jones this past offseason, but they are in a complete rebuild, so moving him in exchange for draft capital works in their favor. Jones’ $600k salary cap hit fits right in with the Chiefs’ available cap space.
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