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2024 offseason primer: Chiefs gunning for NFL’s first Super Bowl three-peat

It’s safe to say that winning three Super Bowl championships with four Super Bowl appearances in five seasons and making six straight AFC Championship Game appearances qualifies the Kansas City Chiefs (11-6 in 2023) as a dynasty.

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Having lost four of six games from Week 11 to Week 16, many doubted whether the Chiefs were the same feared team they once were.

But once they got into the playoffs, they ran through the gauntlet, knocking off the Miami Dolphins (11-6), Buffalo Bills (11-6), Baltimore Ravens (13-4) and San Francisco 49ers (12-5) en route to back-to-back Super Bowl titles.


Now, the Chiefs have an offseason to reload in pursuit of the NFL’s first Super Bowl three-peat. They took the first step toward that goal in franchise-tagging cornerback L’jarius Sneed, keeping arguably their best defensive back in the fold for at least one more season.

Star defensive tackle Chris Jones also needs a new contract, as do a few other of the team’s defensive stalwarts, who helped anchor the No. 2 defense in the league.

Here’s what you need to know about Kansas City’s offseason:
FREE AGENTS | Offense: QB Blaine Gabbert; RBs Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon; WRs Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Mecole Hardman and Richie James;

TEs Blake Bell and Jody Fortson; OTs Donovan Smith and Prince Tega Wanogho; OGs Nick Allegretti and Mike Caliendo; Long snapper James Winchester

Defense: DEs Tershawn Wharton, Michael Danna and Malik Herring; DTs Chris Jones and Derrick Nnadi; LBs Willie Gay Jr., Drue Tranquill and Jack Cochrane; CB Nazeeh Johnson; Safeties Mike Edwards and Deon Bush


Special teams: Punter Tommy Townsend
Outlook: Kansas City will have to create some cap flexibility in order to keep some of their free agents-to-be,

but the team can free up nearly $25M by restructuring the deals of offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor, guard Joe Thuney and tight end Travis Kelce. Obviously, Jones is at the top of the team’s priority list.

He’s a top-five DT and the Chiefs defense can’t afford to be without him. Kansas City likely wants to retain a running back to backup Isiah Pacheco, and retaining either Valdes-Scantling or Hardman is probably in the best interest of quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Smith has established himself as a left-back this season, but is probably too expensive to keep.
2024 Draft Picks: Round 1 (32nd overall) | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 | Round 5 (via Dallas) | Round 7
Top draft needs (in order): WR, OT, DT, RB, CB – Laci Rice had an unspectacular rookie season, but Mahomes still needs a true No. 1 wideout. If either LSU’s Brian Thomas Jr.

or Florida State’s Keon Coleman are still on the board, they could qualify. Considering Smith will be hitting the market in the next few days, it makes a lot of sense for him to find a replacement rather than trying to sign a big-name free agent.

BYU’s Kingsley Suamataia or Oklahoma’s Tyler Guyton could be solid options opposite Taylor at left guard. ENTWURF VON PROSPEKTEN ZUM ANSEHEN: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU. Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State. Xavier Leggett, WR, South Carolina.

Kris Jenkins, DT, Michigan State. Brandon Dorus, DT, Oregon State, Leonard Taylor, DT, Miami. Tyler Guyton, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma; Graham Burton, OT/OG, Duke; Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU. Jonathan Brooks, RB, Texas.

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Trey Benson, RB, Florida Congress. Jalen Wright, RB, Tennessee. T.J. Tampa, CB, Iowa Congress. Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri; Mike Sainristil, CB, Michigan State

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