Jacksonville Jaguars must keep an eye on these 2 Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs have made it to the Super Bowl in back-to-back years. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars, led by new head coach Urban Meyer, are going through a makeover after finishing 1-15 last season. As part of the rebuild process, they need to add talent in the offseason and they should target a couple of two Chiefs if they end up becoming cap casualties.
The Chiefs have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL but may not be able to keep it together in the offseason. They are currently $19 million over the cap and will need to restructure a few contracts and release some players in order to get out of the red. These two could get the pink slip soon.
WhichChiefs cap casualties the Jacksonville Jaguars should target?
1. Running back Damien Williams
Damien Williams opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was set to earn $2.7 million in 2020 but his contract carried over to 2021 and the Chiefs can save $2.17 million by releasing him. Kansas City used a first-round selection on Clyde Edward-Helaire last offseason, so it might make sense to move on from Williams in an effort to get under the cap.
Back in 2019, Williams racked up 111 carries for 498 yards and five touchdowns- Even though he’s not a feature back, he could back up running back James Robinson and spell him from time to time. Also, he may not garner much attention in the open market if he’s released, so the Jaguars could add him at a bargain rate.
2. Safety Tyrann Mathieu
The Chiefs have a core of talented players and Tyrann Mathie is just the ‘sixth’ best player on their roster. The ‘Honey Badgers’ is still playing at a high level in his eighth NFL season and was named First-Team All-Pro in 2020 after logging 62 total tackles, nine passes defensed, and six interceptions.
Nevertheless, Mathieu will count $19.7 million against the cap in 2021, and although the Chiefs will try to restructure his contract, he could become a cap casualty. Kansas City would save $14.8 million with $4.9 million in dead money if they release him.
At first sight, it might not make sense to part ways with one of the top safeties in the league, but the Chiefs may need to make some tough decisions this offseason, and Mathieu could get released. The 2013 third-round pick will likely get plenty of suitors if Kansas City can’t find a way to keep him, and the Jaguars may be in a good position to make a bid for him due to their abundant salary cap.
Teams that don’t play in the Super Bowl may not be thrilled to watch others rise the Lombardy Trophy. However, the ‘Jags’ should tune in to see how Mathieu performs. Also, they could learn a few lessons while doing so.