We looked at the Kansas City Chiefs cornerback roster bubble and now it’s time to look to safety where things are much more defined than they are at cornerback. The Chiefs have multiple locks at safety and I feel pretty good about predicting the top four players at the position.
Let’s talk Chiefs safeties, which is a stacked position for Kansas City.
Eric Berry: When you give a guy $78 million, you keep him around. Here’s to hoping Berry has another season like his last contract year.
Daniel Sorensen: The Chiefs gave him a four-year deal in March. He’s sticking around, too.
Eric Murray: I hesitate to call a non-starting fourth round pick a lock but Murray was a stud on special teams. I don’t think he’s going anywhere.
Ron Parker: My first eye-brow raiser. I do expect Parker to make it and I hope he does, too. However, with the Chiefs up against the cap we need to examine every potential cap-saving scenario, and that includes the release of Parker, who is entering year three of his five-year deal. It would create $2.6 million in cap savings and $3 million in dead money. The Chiefs have three safeties on long-term contracts and two of them were just done this year. That’s why Parker stands out to me. Still, I would keep him at a $5.6 million cap hit and not really think about it.
There might not be a spot for these safeties below.
Marqueston Huff: The Chiefs signed him this offseason. He’ll get a good look in camp. I don’t know much about him.
Leon McQuay III: The Chiefs sixth round pick could be practice squad bound. I have a tough time finding his way onto the roster.
Jordan Sterns: He was a touted undrafted free agent but the Chiefs are pretty loaded at safety. I would be surprised if an undrafted guy breaks through (well, Sorensen).
Devin Chappell: Another undrafted free agent. He would need to impress.