KANSAS CITY – The Kansas City Chiefs still have some needs, even after the draft. There is not a team out there that is perfect all-around. If there was, well, we would all be doomed, and they would likely win the Super Bowl every year.
The Chiefs still need help in the pass rush department of their defense. Yes, they drafted several pieces that can help in that area, but it would help to add some more. Not only add more talent, but add more skill, and experience, all for cheap. As we all know, you can never have enough quality pass rushers in the NFL. Especially in this day and age.
There are a few free agents that could end up with the Chiefs. However, there is one that makes a ton of sense. It seems like everyone is forgetting that Jason Pierre-Paul is a free agent.
JPP and the Chiefs are a fit in more ways than one
This piece isn’t to hype up Jason Pierre-Paul, and make him seem like more than what he is. It is very evident he is near the end of his career, and may or may not be falling apart.
However, Pierre-Paul can bring a few different things to the Chiefs defense that is not currently there.
For starters, besides Frank Clark, and Chris Jones, this defensive line is somewhat inexperienced. Besides those two, the rest of the defensive line has a combined 32 years of experience. That’s 11 players. Jones and Clark have 15 years of combined experience, themselves.
It is safe to say that Jason Pierre-Paul can bring some experience and veteran leadership to the team. He has won two Super Bowls in his career and knows a thing or two about defense, evidenced by his 91.5 career sacks and first-team All-Pro nod.
This would help the younger guys with potential like George Karlaftis, Josh Kaindoh, Mike Danna, Tershawn Wharton, and so on. Not to mention, Chris Jones and Frank Clark could even learn a thing or two from the former two-time Pro Bowler.
While Pierre-Paul would join the team to provide leadership and guidance, he could also contribute when needed. He did not have the best season last year, but that was mostly due to lingering issues from the first day of the regular season-on. Regardless, he was still able to make plays, at times.
Most notably, the 33-year-old defensive lineman had himself a great game in Week 7 last season. Against the Chicago Bears, Pierre-Paul finished with a Pro Football Focus grade of 91.9 in the game. He had a 91.6 pass-rush grade, as he tallied 2.0 sacks, three pressures, one hurry, two tackles, and three stops.
PFF has the 12-year veteran finishing with 24 total pressures, 3.0 sacks, three hits, 18 hurries, and 23 tackles in just 601 snaps last year. For context, JPP has played 601 snaps or less four other times during his career and he only finished with more than 3.0 sacks once and that was in 2019.
Jason Pierre-Paul will not have to play a significant number of snaps, as he could be at the second spot of the depth chart, or even start, but play limited snaps to help shuffle in some younger guys, and even give them a breather.
But the ultimate selling points are what JPP can do as a player and his familiarity with Steve Spagnuolo. Pierre-Paul can play as both a 4-3 defensive end and he can even rush the passer out of a LEO-like position, at times. Spags was also JPP’s defensive coordinator in New York from 2015-2017. JPP had 16.5 sacks in 36 games in a three-year span under Spags, so there’s a track record of success, as well as familiarity.
I could see the Chiefs offering Jason Pierre-Paul a deal worth up to $8-10 million to come in and help boost the pass rush. I think he could be of significant help to the team, without having to be on the field a ton. In the end, it’s a win-win for both parties and would make a lot of sense.
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