This has been a loopy offseason in Kansas Metropolis. Because the door closed on the Chiefs 2021 season with their extra time loss to the Cincinnati Bengals within the AFC Championship recreation, it appeared inevitable that the Chiefs could be a pressure as soon as once more in 2022. This, in spite of everything, is a crew that has gained the AFC West for six straight seasons and the opening Las Vegas Odds have them as favorites to make that seven-straight.
What a distinction a number of months make. The Denver Broncos have taken a step forwards after signing Russell Wilson and giving them their first professional quarterback since Peyton Manning.
The LA Chargers have taken a step ahead after including Khalil Mack, a participant who was as soon as the best paid defensive participant within the historical past of the league.
The Las Vegas Raiders have taken a step ahead after giving vast receiver Davante Adams the richest contract in historical past at his place (at the very least for a short while).
And the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs have taken a step again after shedding Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins (in a deal that exceeded the one Adams signed) and seemingly moved on from security Tyrann Mathieu.
A crew with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback won’t ever be discounted however you may make an argument that the Chiefs at the moment are third favorites for the AFC West division. Buying and selling away essentially the most dynamic weapon within the recreation and transferring on from a playmaking security that has been the face of the protection for 3 years are daring, daring strikes.
The Chiefs are zigging whereas the remainder of the division zags. The opposite three groups are loading as much as win now. The Chiefs knew they couldn’t afford Hill (particularly after the Adams contract) and didn’t need to fall into the wage cap hell the Saints and Seahawks are at present coping with in three or 4 years’ time. That’s when Mahomes will probably be in his prime and the strikes made this season – compiling a mountain of draft picks to herald younger, hungry expertise – might want to repay.
This isn’t an offseason to guage now. It’s one to guage in half a decade. If Mahomes nonetheless has only one Tremendous Bowl ring at that time it has been a failure. If, nevertheless, the zigging has labored, then the Chiefs will probably be in a really wholesome scenario long run.
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