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Let’s Argue: The Chiefs should NOT trade for Jalen Ramsey

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Robert Rimpson takes on all your hot takes, wacky predictions and unpopular opinions

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Welcome to the first iteration of Let’s Argue!

Inspired by a video series created by music reviewer Anthony Fantano, Robert Rimpson’s weekly series will take a look at hot takes, unpopular opinions, wacky predictions and more from Kansas City Chiefs fans.


The Chiefs shouldn’t trade a first round pick for Jalen Ramsey

I saw a lot of takes like this when it was reported on Monday that Ramsey had asked for the Jacksonville Jaguars to trade him. ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reported the Jaguars were looking for at least a first-round draft pick in exchange for Ramsey — and some Chiefs fans feel like that price is too steep.

I respectfully disagree.

Ramsey is a young, All-Pro lockdown corner — and if someone like him were available in the draft, Kansas City fans would be drooling at the opportunity to get him.

I understand the logic: the Chiefs would likely not have the cap space to give Ramsey the money he’ll want when the season is over — and having the first-round pick would be better in the future — but the Chiefs should be in win-now mode.

If the cost of winning a Super Bowl is giving up a first-round pick to rent Ramsey for a year, I’m confident that the Chiefs would gladly pay that cost — especially considering they did the same thing to grab Frank Clark this offseason.

The Chiefs are good enough to win a Super Bowl without a cornerback

Maybe.

But the point in being a win-now team is maximizing your chances to win a Super Bowl — not just being good enough. Jalen Ramsey (or any elite corner) would drastically improve the Chiefs’ chances at winning the big game, so why not make a move to improve your roster?

Don’t forget the golden rule of the NFL: WWTPD — that is, What Would The Patriots Do?

Year after year, we see the Patriots improve their roster — despite being favorites every season to win the Super Bowl. Logic says that if they want to be as successful, the Chiefs should do the same thing .

Patrick Mahomes needs a mustache

He does have a bit a facial hair, but I’m assuming you mean an Aaron Rodgers-esque handlebar ‘stache — in which case, I agree. It would set him up nicely for a Gillette endorsement.

The Chiefs can’t beat the Patriots — especially in Foxborough

Speaking of Gillette, I’ve seen this take more than once — and I couldn’t disagree more.

Set aside the fact that Andy Reid has already beaten the Patriots in Foxborough with Alex Smith as the starting quarterback and New England fresh off of a Super Bowl. The Chiefs are more than capable of beating the New England with Mahomes at the helm.

Need I remind you that in the regular season, the Chiefs only lost to New England by three points — and were an offsides penalty away from beating them to go to the Super Bowl?

Even if you think the defense is worse this year — or the addition Antonio Brown to the Patriots made them so much better — to assume the Chiefs have no chance, you’d have to believe Mahomes has gotten worse since last season. Besdies... in the NFL, anything is possible. To say one team can’t beat another is a bit of an exaggeration.

Should the Chiefs be favored in a game against the Patriots? That’s a completely different conversation — but beating New England is definitely on the table.

Tyrann Mathieu has not been very impressive so far

To an extent, I actually agree with this take.

Mathieu hasn’t been the world-beating, defense-changing player that fans (and myself) made him out to be when the Chief first signed him — but that doesn’t mean he’s been bad.

Aside from the pass interference call against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, so far this season, Mathieu hasn’t stood out in a good (or bad) way. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has had him play deep in coverage, sent him on blitzes and had him covering receivers in the slot. But so far, Mathieu has had a pretty quiet season — which is much better than sticking out as a weakness.

It has only been two games, so I think the Honey Badger deserves the benefit of the doubt. He should get at least a few more weeks to prove his worth.