KANSAS CITY – The Chiefs did a really good job of addressing the cornerback room through the draft. They were in dire need of help and they found it in the form of first-round pick Trent McDuffie, as well as others.

The Chiefs have bodies and they have talent. But what they’re limited on, right now, is experience. Sure, Rashad Fenton and L’Jarius Sneed -the team’s presumed starters at corner- have multiple years of NFL experience. However, there isn’t much experience among the remaining players. Outside Lonnie Johnson Jr., of course.

Therefore it wouldn’t be a bad idea to sign a veteran corner to not just compete, but to be a fallback plan in case the lesser-experienced players don’t take that step forward in 2022. It’s why ESPN‘s Bill Barnwell has predicted the Chiefs to sign veteran cornerback and former first-round pick, Trae Waynes.

Below is an excerpt of what Barnwell wrote:

The Bengals unsurprisingly released Waynes after the year, and this could be an opportunity for the Chiefs to add a viable starting cornerback at the absolute nadir of his value. The Chiefs still need to get an Orlando Brown Jr. extension done, but it shouldn’t be too difficult to bring in Waynes on a one-year deal for about $2.5 million.

Waynes actually makes a lot of sense

It’s not likely Waynes will come in and take snaps away from McDuffie. Waynes is also going to be cheap and affordable. He won’t get in the way of McDuffie’s Joshua William’s or any of the other corner’s development. If anything, he can help teach them the ropes when it comes to playing in the NFL.

In terms of fit – Waynes has been mostly a zone corner throughout his career, however, he’s had success when in man coverage. Per Pro Football Focus, three of Waynes’ seven career interceptions have come via man coverage and he’s only allowed two touchdowns over the course of his career.

He has the size at 6-foot-0, 185-pounds and the strength to redirect receivers at the line and he ran a 4.31 at the 2015 NFL Combine, so there are some good traits to build off of.

KC has the cap space, as well. Right now, they are close to $15 million under the cap, which is obviously more than enough to sign the vet.

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