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Kansas City Chiefs: LB Matt Milano

2020 team: Bills | Age entering 2021 season: 27

Milano is a very good coverage linebacker, and with the Chiefs holding leads in almost every game they play with Patrick Mahomes, these types of players are essential.

While Milano does miss tackles in the run game, that’s not as important an aspect of the position right now. He had the NFL’s 12th-highest grade at linebacker in 2018, at 76.1, but his play has dropped over the last two years, when he’s graded at 65.6 and 54.5, respectively.

NFL.com has one Chiefs cornerback as a perfect match for the Dallas Cowboys in free agency | Blogging The Boys (Dallas Cowboys SB Nation site)

Could Bashaud Breeland make sense for the Dallas Cowboys in free agency?

One position where the Cowboys pretty much have to come away with someone in free agency is cornerback. At present moment all they really have to be excited about (using this term loosely) is Trevon Diggs and Anthony Brown. Time will tell if Dan Quinn moves Reggie Robinson II back to his collegiate spot.

Both Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis will be free agents and it is possible that the team looks to keep at least one. We have talked about the possibility of them going after bigger names like Richard Sherman or Patrick Peterson (many want to see this and have the team slide them over to free safety), but what about a recent Super Bowl champion?

NFL.com listed “fun” free agency matches for all 32 teams and when it came to the Cowboys they chose a cornerback on the Kansas City Chiefs. Coincidentally Charvarius Ward left the Cowboys for Kansas City, but the selection here is Bashaud Breeland.

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OL Jermaine Eluemunor

Age: 26

Projected Market Value (APY): $5 million

The Patriots acquired Eluemunor in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens ahead of the 2019 season. The 6-foot-4, 340-pound offensive lineman split time at right and left tackle for New England in 2020, earning positive marks in both pass protection and the run game. As a rookie back in 2017, Eluemunor started two games right guard for the Ravens.

There’s a little bit more projection for Eluemunor than there is with some of the other options out there because of his career snap numbers, but last year he proved the ability to plug and play at both tackle spots. If the Chiefs don’t opt to bring back a player like Mike Remmers, Eluemunor could be a younger option to fill in the same type of role in 2021.

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Kansas City Chiefs

Original No. 28 pick: Joshua Garnett

Matt Judon

OLB, Grand Valley State

The Chiefs traded out of this spot originally, as the 49ers moved up for Joshua Garnett. And that wasn’t great. In this adventure, K.C. stays put and takes Judon. And maybe he’s on the field in the 2018 AFC Championship Game instead of Dee Ford ... who never lines up offsides ... giving the Chiefs at least one more Lombardi Trophy!!!!! I know, I’m getting too far ahead of myself.

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RYAN KERRIGAN

DE Washington Football Team

The Chiefs do need to add some help to their defensive line and add to their pass rush. Given their cap space limitations, they won’t be able to contend top-tier edge rushers on the open market such as Shaquill Barrett, Bud Dupree and Trey Hendrickson. Luckily for the Chiefs, there is a consistently good pass rusher on the market in Ryan Kerrigan.

It is kind of impossible to fathom that the Washington Football Team would let Kerrigan walk to free agency, especially with Ron Rivera as head coach. The problem is that Washington’s defensive line is stacked with Chase Young, Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat and Daron Payne at their disposal. With all that talent, Kerrigan was reduced to a backup role, where he started just one game.

Throughout his 10-year career, Kerrigan has proven himself to be one of the underrated pass rushers in the game. In fact, Kerrigan has sacked the quarterback at least 5.5 times per season. That’s good.

Kerrigan would be a great fit in Kansas City with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Coming off the edge alongside Frank Clark and with Chris Jones disrupting the interior of the line of scrimmage. That would be a solid, under-the-radar signing by the Chiefs if they were to pursue Kerrigan.

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Aaron Robinson DB

Kansas City

L’Jarius Sneed should continue his development but Kansas City could use another starter at the position.

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Kansas City Chiefs

Austin Reiter

C | Age: 29

With their offensive line in shambles, the shock-and-awe Chiefs were reduced to a mistake-prone bore in their Super Bowl collapse. The presumed return of tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz make this less of a crisis than perceived. Especially if general manager Brett Veach can keep Reiter on a short-term deal for the cap-crunched AFC champions. It’s not the sexiest matchmaking effort in NFL.com history, but Reiter didn’t allow a sack during the entire regular season and shares a passion for magical trading cards with trusted pal Patrick Mahomes, who noted: “With Austin, I mean, I’ve even opened up Pokémon cards with that guy before. So I think our relationship is kind of on a high level after that.”

Around the NFL

Ben Roethlisberger signs with Pittsburgh Steelers for 2021 NFL season | ESPN

Roethlisberger was previously under contract for the 2021 season, although the team made it clear he could not return with the $41.2 million cap hit.

“We are excited we were able to come to an agreement with Ben Roethlisberger on a new contract for him to return to the Steelers in 2021,” general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. “We know that Ben can still play at a high level and do special things for this team. Our goal remains the same — to put together a roster that will compete for another championship. We are happy that Ben will be one of our leaders to help us accomplish that goal.”

Jalen Ramsey on Deshaun Watson: ‘I highly doubt he’ll ever suit up in a Texans uniform again’ | NFL.com

“Extremely serious, he’s extremely serious,” Ramsey said of Watson’s desire to be traded. “At the end of the day. Deshaun is a great man. A servant leader. Even now when people are trying to crucify him and talk bad on his name, he’s still out there doing things for the community in Houston. So he’s a great man. He’s a professional. He’s going to still do things that are positive in the community and probably still help his teammates out.

“But I highly doubt he’ll ever suit up in a Texans uniform again. He’s very serious. I will say he’s very serious. This is his legacy here, I mean, he should be serious.”

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

The Chiefs’ four strongest positions heading into 2021

Running backs

Signed to 2021 roster: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Damien Williams and Darwin Thompson; Darrel Williams is a restricted free agent. Derrick Gore is on a reserve/future deal

With the Chiefs’ confirmation of Damien Williams returning from 2021, they could have a loaded running back group. While Darrel Williams’ playoff performance could have enticed a team to make him an offer this spring, he’s likely back in Kansas City next year.

That gives the Chiefs four running backs — all with a decent amount of experience in Andy Reid’s offense. Edwards-Helaire will likely play an even larger role in the Chiefs offense next year, but the other three all have something to offer. There’s always the possibility that Damien Williams isn’t what he was at the end of the 2019 season, but his body could also be well-rested and fresh at 29 years old.

If anything, the team could afford to cut or trade one of the four players. They’ll rarely have all four active on game days, and they can’t keep Darwin Thompson on the practice squad forever.

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