The Chiefs prepared to lose Frank Clark, Melvin Ingram, but what about Tyrann Mathieu?
Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach has made it clear the team will focus on defense early in the offseason.
Hearts remain broken throughout Kansas City as the Chiefs suffered a devastating loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game. Looking ahead to next season, could the team take to the pitch without a few cleats?
This seems to be the case. For Chiefs general manager Brett Veach, he said Kansas City will focus on defense to start the offseason, but it really seems like the futures of Frank Clark, Melvin Ingram and Tyrann Mathieu are completely uncertain.
Chiefs general manager Brett Veach has some massive decisions to make this offseason
Starting with Ingram, the pass-rusher traveled to Kansas City from Pittsburgh midway through the 2021 season. He really impressed the Chiefs and fans want him back in town. However, Ingram could demand a handsome salary and test things out in free agency. However, he may return to Kansas City in hopes of trying to win a Super Bowl.
Meanwhile, for Clark, he’s still under contract with the Chiefs through the 2023 season, but he hit a cap of $26 million for 2022. If the Chiefs were to release Clark, they could end up saving 19, $5 million in ceiling space. Kansas City and Veach could make a tough call here.
Finally, no one has lost sight of Mathieu. The hope was that the two sides could have agreed on an extension, but that was not done.
Now Mathieu is ready to be an unrestricted free agent. Asked about his future after the loss to the Bengals, Mathieu had tears in his eyes as he spoke of what Kansas City meant to him. He obviously wants to come back. It will be on Veach for that to happen.