Now that the 2022 NFL Draft is over, the Kansas City Chiefs can turn their focus to the post-draft wave of free agency.

Kansas City still needs to address their pass rush. The Chiefs’ inability to exploit the Cincinnati Bengals‘ porous offensive line in the playoffs is the biggest reason Kansas City didn’t reach the Super Bowl last season.

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked 19 times in the playoffs, but only one of those sacks came from the Chiefs.

That’s obviously not a recipe for success against a quarterback of Burrow’s caliber.

So far this offseason, the Chiefs haven’t done a lot to address their pass rush.

Kansas City selected Purdue edge rusher George Karlaftis with the No. 30 overall pick in the draft.

And that’s pretty much it.

Karlaftis should develop into a key pass rusher for the Chiefs, but KC still needs to add some more depth this offseason (their other “big move” was restructuring Frank Clark’s contract so they didn’t have to release him).

On Monday, CBS Sports named the best fits for top remaining free agents. And they agree that Kansas City should sign another pass rusher.

CBS Sports has free agent edge rusher Melvin Ingram listed as the best free-agent fit for the Chiefs.

Ingram was traded by the Pittsburgh Steelers to Kansas City last November for a sixth-round pick.

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Jan 23, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) drops back to pass under pressure from Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Melvin Ingram (24) who stripped and sacked Allen during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

From CBS Sports:

The Chiefs made a nice pick in the draft with George Karlaftis, but I think depth is still needed at pass-rusher. Ingram was solid for Kansas City this past season, and he recorded two sacks in three playoff games. Ingram likely will have several suitors, but maybe re-upping with the Chiefs is the best decision.

Ingram had a rough 2021 regular season, but he was probably the Chiefs’ best pass rusher in the playoffs (Ingram had the only sack against the Bengals in the AFC Championship game).

Bringing Ingram back would definitely be a good move by Kansas City. The only concern here is that KC would essentially be hoping for better results with the same players (except for Karlaftis, who shouldn’t be counted on for massive production as a rookie).

The Chiefs would basically be hoping that Ingram returns to his 2017-2019 form when he had 24.5 sacks across three seasons (Ingram’s only had two sacks in 22 regular-season games over the last two years).

Ingram, who just turned 33 last week, could be a sneaky good signing who surprises folks and puts up a 10-sack season. Or he could continue to struggle to get after the quarterback as he has the last two years. Re-signing him would be a gamble, but it’s a gamble that makes sense for the Chiefs at this stage of the offseason.

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