I wrote this post earlier today pointing out that the Kansas City Chiefs had passed on a couple of cornerbacks, including Casey Hayward, for what seemed like reasonable money. Hayward, a slot corner from Green Bay, signed a three-year, $15.3 million deal with the Chargers over the weekend.
I wondered why the Chiefs weren't interested at that price. As it turns out ... the Chiefs WERE interested in Hayward. I didn't notice this before but according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel the Chiefs were among those interested in Hayward.
Hayward was able to obtain a very solid contract due in part to keen interest from #49ers and #Chiefs in addition to the #Chargers.— Bob McGinn (@BobMcGinn) March 13, 2016
Can't do anything about it now but this does tell us that the Chiefs believe more help is needed at cornerback. Signing Hayward would have presumably meant keeping Marcus Peters and Phillip Gaines on the outside while Hayward plays the inside. The Chiefs would be left with Steven Nelson, last year's third round pick, in a depth role as well. Maybe the Chiefs believe Nelson is close and didn't want to commit three years to Hayward? I'm not sure why they passed.
I would expect the Chiefs to continue digging around the cornerback market.