canada africa partner reservation The best free agent bargains still on the market

The best free agent bargains still on the market


The most exciting part of any sport’s offseason is the unknown that the next season holds. The slate is wiped clean with an 0-0 record, and the tantalizing potential of new players could fuel fans for months. That’s not a bad thing. I’m running away from that myself. Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Xavier Worthy hasn’t played a meaningful snap yet, but could be anything between Jalen Reagor and Tyreek Hill. Felix Anudike-Uzomah could have a second breakthrough. Matt Araiza could be everything we expected and more.

Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a person crazy.

That same principle applies to low-level free agent additions. While players not signed in May may not be a game-changing asset, they can still contribute valuable depth and skills to a contending squad. The Chiefs can rely on players like Emani Bailey or Nic Jones to complete the 53-man roster, but will they be confident pursuing a three-peat? Or would they spend some of the remaining salary cap space on short-term additions, ones with NFL experience and a chip on their shoulder?

My husband tells me to go with the latter, but the Kansas City front office has decades of experience with me. They don’t get paid the big money for nothing.

From my point of view, Kansas City should not sit still as it heads toward mandatory minicamp. They had already brought in wide receiver Zay Jones for a visit, but let the former Jacksonville Jaguar leave without signing a contract. The veteran has already signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals, which is another serious goal for Kansas City to visit and leave for another team.

Beyond that, there are still plenty of free-agent options available. However, some are definitely better than others. If Kansas City rummages through the NFL equivalent of Walmart’s $5 movie container, let’s see what hidden gems they might discover.