The Kansas City Chiefs could cut one of their recent first-round picks in offseason workouts, and it wouldn’t be a great look.
The Chiefs have to cut players from 90 to 53 just before the regular season starts, just like every team. Now, there is still a while to go, but the team will eventually be at 53. The rookie minicamp starts on Friday, and that alone will help the Chiefs get a little better idea of some of the guys they will let go, like the undrafted free agents they signed.
But, when offseason workouts start, there could be a guy who isn’t a rookie that will get cut. There could be a guy who was a former first-round pick that will be cut. The Chiefs may let go of a guy they spent a lot of capital on, and only one NFL analyst thinks so too.
The Kansas City Chiefs declined Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s fifth-year option, which would have been worth roughly $5.5 million in 2024. The former LSU product has missed seven games in each of the last two seasons and was a healthy inactive for the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Last year, the Chiefs found a seventh-round gem in Isiah Pacheco and just re-signed Jerick McKinnon, who took over as their lead pass-catching option out of the backfield last season. A change of scenery for Edwards-Helaire might be the best thing for all parties. –Ari Meirov, The 33rd Team
The Chiefs drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire with their first pick the year after winning the Super Bowl. That was a luxury pick, as they say. It was a pick that the Chiefs could go in any direction because they didn’t really need one particular thing, just after winning the Super Bowl.
Now, if they cut him it could come back to haunt them, not because Edward-Helaire would make them pay by going to another team and having a stellar season, but because a lot of people hated the fact the Chiefs took a running back in the first round. It also didn’t help that Damien Williams had a stellar Super Bowl as the Chiefs’ running back.
Cutting him would make it look like the Chiefs, and Patrick Mahomes who wanted CEH there, would make it look like a wanted pick. They could have gotten someone who would be a defensive cornerstone, or even a great receiver that we could be talking about today.
Either way, it could happen, and a lot of people would be surprised. But, with Pacheco being as good as he was, and the Chiefs declining his fifth-year option, it could very well happen.