TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 7: Patrick Mahomes # 15 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks off the field during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 7, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith / Getty Images)
Braves have clear standards in Freddie Freeman’s extension talks
The Chiefs use the NFL Free Agency to overtake their offensive line. Has Kansas City done enough to keep Patrick Mahomes going this off-season?
No Chiefs fan can accuse his front office of playing it safe in the free hand. Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz have sent a clear signal that Kansas City is ready to rebuild their offensive line. It was always very important for Andy Reid and his coaching staff to find a replacement in the free agency.
Honor the Chiefs for making the right decision for Fisher. His injured Achilles is putting his entire 2021 season at risk. It made no sense for Kansas City to pay him big bucks and hope for a speedy recovery. Cutting it is considered to be the organization’s best free agent decision yet.
The decision to let Schwartz go was nowhere near as clear-cut. Back surgery limited him to just six games a season ago, but he hadn’t missed a start in his career before. The fact that he plans to be ready when the training camp rolls around makes this deal questionable from the Chiefs perspective as well. They benefit from the doubt that they have better access to his medical records than anyone else, but that decision could have plagued Kansas City if they can’t find a quality device to replace Schwartz by the beginning of the first week.
The biggest proactive move the Chiefs have taken to date in the free agency is to land Joe Thuney on a massive $ 80 million five-year deal. That’s not spectacular value for the talented security guard, but it’s a solid oversubscription by Brett Veach and his staff. Giving Mahomes a clean pocket is a requirement for Kansas City’s offense, and Thuney’s interior pass blockage will give the Chiefs a nice boost.
Kansas City Chiefs 2021 Free Agency Grade
Kansas City’s offseason grades are slightly degraded for playing on Kyle Long. Giving him a $ 5 million one-year deal isn’t crazy, but there must be concerns that he’s a year away from football. At least the Chiefs shouldn’t give him a starting role without serious competition in the training camp.
Any Chiefs fans who panicked after seeing Fisher and Schwartz injured should feel much better about the status of the squad by now. Kansas City has done a solid job of freely using the limited resources at their disposal. Give the Chiefs a B-for their work so far.