Latest News: Just IN Kansas City Chiefs Confirm Another Departure OF Top Experienced Player

In 2024, the Kansas City Chiefs have managed their free agent exits admirably. After all, some KC supporters might not have thought it was conceivable if you had asked them how they felt about Chris Jones and L’Jarius Sneed having contracts on March 22.

However, a championship team will always suffer setbacks, and one Chiefs departure was hailed as the “best bargain signing” of the free agency class so far. On March 22, ESPN staff writer Matt Bowen made the decision. He said that the highest value addition in 2024 would be Willie Gay Jr. to the New Orleans Saints.

During the ESPN conversation, Bowen responded, “Saints signing LB Willie Gay to a one-year, $3 million deal (with a max value of $5 million).” “Adding a 26-year-old second-level defender with pursuit speed and the ability to match defenders in space is a value move for the Saints.”

“Gay will be put in a position to produce as an off-ball linebacker with sub-package versatility in Dennis Allen’s system,” he continued.

Former Chiefs LB Willie Gay Ought to Have More Chances to Play with the Saints
Here, Bowen made the right decision in selecting Gay. The former second-round pick might prove to be a steal at just $3–$5 million, barring any injury history.

Gay played in less than 40 defensive snaps per game on average in 2023, despite the fact that he officially started 15 games for the Chiefs. The two-time Super Bowl champion only played 40 or more snaps in six games last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

Gay only recorded snap counts of 23 (against the Miami Dolphins), 11 (against the Buffalo Bills), and 39 (in the Super Bowl) during the playoffs.

In actuality, Kansas City decided against signing Gay and instead to keep veteran Drue Tranquill. Undoubtedly, a lot of considerations went into that decision, but Tranquill’s adaptability and availability stick out as possible justifications for letting Gay go.

But this might be one of those rare win-win exits. To be honest, Gay is more likely to see more snaps in New Orleans with Pete Werner and an older Demario Davis than with a combination of Nick Bolton, Tranquill, and Leo Chenal.

The Chiefs have an abundance of depth at linebacker, and with Gay out of the picture, a few younger players like Cam Jones and Jack Cochrane may get more opportunities to grow. This amicable parting of ways always made a great deal of sense, ipso facto.

Former NFL GM Gives Chiefs Credit for “Best Bargain Signing”
Wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was selected by former NFL general manager Mike Tannenbaum as his best “bargain” acquisition, according to the same ESPN story.

For this section, Tannenbaum said, “Chiefs signing WR Marquise Brown to a one-year deal worth up to $11 million.”

“With 28 career touchdowns, he is 26 years old and adds an explosive element to the Chiefs offense that they were hoping Marquez Valdes-Scantling would bring,” he reasoned. “Considering how much of the underneath work is done by TE Travis Kelce and WR Rashee Rice, Brown should be successful as this offense’s deep threat.”

According to Tannenbaum, Brown seems like the ideal replacement for “MVS,” who, despite the team’s success throughout his tenure, didn’t actually contribute anything in Kansas City. This decision, made early in the offseason, has drawn positive feedback from everyone.

After a disappointing season in 2023, one ESPN colleague even dubbed Brown’s move to Kansas City the “best overall” addition in free agency. Maybe this is the signing that helps the Chiefs offense get back on track.

 

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