Evaluating Brett Veach’s 4 free agency periods as Chiefs’ GM


2021 marks the fourth full offseason for Brett Veach as normal supervisor of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. The 43-year-old has headed the group’s entrance workplace for 3 seasons, whereas the crew totaled 44 wins — probably the most victories amongst all NFL groups over that span. He additionally turned the youngest normal supervisor in league historical past to win a Tremendous Bowl with the championship season in 2019.

Annually, Veach has achieved his half by being energetic in free company. He’s handed out big-time contracts when he has wanted to and has additionally caught to one-year offers and re-signings at instances.

In 2021, we’ve seen slightly of each — and the free-agent signings will not be achieved. That being stated, it’s been a month since free company opened. It’s a good time to judge this free company interval in comparison with his earlier three at this identical level.

I regarded on the short-term and long-term implications of Veach’s three earlier offseasons — and projected 2021’s impression.

2018

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Notable re-signings: Dustin Colquitt and De’Anthony Thomas

Exterior signings: Anthony Hitchens, Sammy Watkins, Damien Williams, Xavier Williams, Chad Henne, Jeff Allen, and David Amerson

Commerce: Quarterback Alex Smith to amass cornerback Kendall Fuller from Washington

Rapid offseason objectives

  • Put together the crew for the transition to Patrick Mahomes because the beginning quarterback.
  • Patch up holes and strengthen the protection so it may well assist a doubtlessly unstable offense.

Did they meet their objectives?

Sure. The offense was already arrange effectively for a younger quarterback to step into, however including a big-time playmaker like Watkins completely made issues simpler on Mahomes. Damien Williams’ impression as a receiver down the stretch of 2018 proved the worth of his signing. Chad Henne’s veteran presence within the quarterback room was vital to Mahomes’ improvement.

No. The 2 large defensive additions — Fuller and Hitchens — made minimal distinction on one of many NFL’s worst models throughout 2018. Neither participant lived as much as the capital it took to amass them, and Amerson didn’t even make the energetic roster after coaching camp.

Lengthy-term impression

Low. Hitchens and Henne are the one gamers from this free company interval which can be nonetheless on the crew. Initially, guys like Fuller and Watkins had been in all probability anticipated to change into long-time Chiefs — however neither actually lived as much as their preliminary billing.

2019

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Notable re-signings: Anthony Sherman

Exterior signings: Tyrann Mathieu, Bashaud Breeland, Alex Okafor, Damien Wilson, Carlos Hyde, Blake Bell and Jeremiah Attaochu

Trades: Security Eric Murray to amass Defensive finish Emmanuel Ogbah from Cleveland

Franchise tag: Dee Ford (traded to San Francisco 49ers for a 2020 second-round choose).

Rapid Offseason Objectives

  • Revamp the beginning protection for first-year defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
  • Construct a beginning protection able to profitable a championship.

Did they meet their objectives?

Sure and sure. The crew flipped a really disappointing protection on its head and introduced in a brand new wave of starting-capable gamers — headed by Mathieu. Veach additionally traded a reserve security for Ogbah: a productive move rusher that performed a giant function in 2019 earlier than getting injured.

The protection considerably improved statistically and helped safe a Tremendous Bowl championship of their first season collectively.

Lengthy-term impression

Common. The one acquired participant from this offseason that has remained on the crew is Mathieu — and he has but to signal a contract extension to maintain him in Kansas Metropolis previous 2021. It’s exhausting to see the Chiefs permitting him to check free company, in order that extension is probably going within the works for a while this offseason.

The Chiefs bought a compensatory choose for Ogbah signing with Miami, a second-round choose from the Ford commerce and have one other yr of Martinas Rankin below contract from the commerce of Hyde.

2020

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Notable re-signings: Bashaud Breeland, Demarcus Robinson, Chad Henne, Anthony Sherman and Mike Pennel

Exterior signings: Mike Remmers, Ricky Seals-Jones, Antonio Hamilton, Nick Keizer, DeAndre Washington

Franchise tag: Chris Jones

Rapid Offseason Objectives

  • Preserve collectively as a lot of the championship crew as attainable by an offseason impacted by COVID-19.
  • Add one other dependable offensive weapon.

Did they meet their objectives?

Sure. The Chiefs had the best variety of re-signings below Veach with 5 unrestricted free brokers returning to Kansas Metropolis — plus the franchise tagging of Chris Jones and restructuring of Watkins’ deal. With the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 NFL season, Veach acted on the plan to “Run It Again” and executed.

No. Watkins’ postseason heroics had been contemporary on everybody’s minds, nevertheless it’s vital to recollect what the receiving corps regarded like within the early-season video games when Hill was injured. The offense may have used one other reliable pass-catching risk. To Veach’s protection, there weren’t many appetizing choices in free company — however I’m certain he hoped for one thing extra out of Seals-Jones. The shortage of funding in that want confirmed up in Tremendous Bowl LV.

Lengthy-term impression

Low. Outdoors of tagging Jones, there have been no thrilling long-term strikes made this era. Remmers and Keizer earned themselves extra one-year offers as stable contributors, whereas Robinson and Henne have caught round in low-impact roles.

2021

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Notable re-signings: Mike Remmers, Demarcus Robinson and Nick Keizer

Exterior signings: Joe Thuney, Kyle Lengthy, Austin Blythe, Jarran Reed, Blake Bell, Michael Burton, and Tajae Sharpe

Rapid Offseason Objectives

  • Rebuild the offensive line for enchancment in 2021.
  • Add a dependable pass-catcher.

Have they met their objectives?

No. After releasing each of their beginning offensive tackles as a result of damage points, the Chiefs signed three inside offensive linemen. Thuney and Lengthy have performed sort out prior to now, however they had been most definitely signed to play the positions they’ve performed for almost all of their careers. Deal with is a way more important spot when it comes to defending Mahomes, and they’re unlikely to be higher at these spots in 2021 than they had been in 2020.

No. In a really proficient free company class of large receivers, the Chiefs did not signal any. There was curiosity in Pittsburgh Steelers large receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, however he selected to re-sign with Pittsburgh. The crew got here away with no exterior signings at receiver for the second offseason in a row — however this time, they don’t have Watkins’ expertise to fall again on.

Potential long-term impression

Beneath common. From what we all know proper now, the one long-term participant of this group is guard Joe Thuney — who could possibly be one of many NFL’s finest guards for everything of his four-year contract. Not one of the different signees are long-term Chiefs, until Burton takes the Anthony Sherman function and runs with it.

A be aware: Don’t be shocked if Smith-Schuster is as soon as once more a goal for Veach subsequent offseason.

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