The Kansas City Chiefs narrowly missed out on the playoffs despite their 9-7 record in 2014, and they’re looking to make the offseason moves necessary to get them back to the postseason. However, the wrong signing could send them in the opposite direction. Here are the players they need to avoid this offseason:
Crabtree hasn’t lived up to his status as the elite receiver over the past two season, but he has proven he could be a reliable weapon – which means some team will likely overpay him. However, his poor attitude and lack of leadership would make him just as toxic to the locker room. There are plenty of other options for the Chiefs in free agency and in the draft that would fit better with the team.
Upgrading the secondary is one of the Chiefs’ biggest priorities this offseason, but in a weak free agency class at the position, Nate Allen is one of the better options. He should be entering the prime of his career at age 27 that will likely cause a team to overpay for his services even though he’s just not that good. Allen allowed a 106.2 passer rating, five touchdowns, and a terrible 17.5 yards per completion for the Eagles last season, making it clear that he’s not a consistent starting-caliber guy.
DE Greg Hardy
This one is pretty obvious - taking a flyer on Hardy after his domestic violence charges were settled in a civil suit to invest even a fraction of Hardy’s $13 million franchise tag value from 2014 would come with intense scrutiny and major risk. The Chiefs would like an upgrade on the defensive line, but Kansas City will be better off finding 80-85% of his talent with 90% less baggage on the free agent market.
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