Getty Chicago Bears outside linebacker Robert Quinn #94 runs to the passer during the first half of a game against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bears defeated the Raiders 20-9.
With a little more than two weeks before the 2022 NFL Draft begins, the Kansas City Chiefs still need to find some pass rush help.
Pro bowlers Chris Jones and Frank Clark make up the bulk of Kansas City’s passing career, with Mike Danna, Tershawn Wharton, Josh Kaindoh and Khalen Saunders also providing additional help. But what the Chiefs need is a dominant edge defender who can hit off Frank Clark, that way the pass rush can constantly pressure opposing quarterbacks, which in hand would take the pressure off a Kansas secondary. City that no longer has Tyrann Mathieu or Barrio Charvarius.
That’s why the Chiefs are being urged to trade for an aging defender who is coming off a career-high 18.5 sacks in 2021.
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Chiefs linked to Bears Pass-Rusher
Bleacher Report’s Ian Wharton listed five trades NFL teams should make before the draft and named the Chiefs as a team to trade for veteran Chicago Bears defensive end Robert Quinn.
Quinn, 31, is coming off a season in which he recorded 38 tackles, 22 quarterback hits, 18.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and a Pro Bowl nomination, according to Pro Football Reference. Wharton thinks the Bears could get a third-round pick in exchange for sending Quinn to the Chiefs.
Quinn is in the third year of his five-year, $70 million contract with Chicago.
“The impact of Melvin Ingram’s midseason addition in 2021 should be further proof of the Chiefs’ need to add a top-tier corps to the unit. Frank Clark can no longer be the creative running back, and a rookie is unlikely to push the defense to the limit in the playoffs,” Wharton wrote.
“Quinn can be a more positive version of Ingram for the Chiefs in 2022.”
Chiefs sign dual-threat D-Lineman to 1-year deal
Among the recent additions the Chiefs have made to bolster their defensive line is the signing of veteran defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth to a one-year deal, according to his agent, Brett Tessler.
Happy to announce that Taylor Stallworth has agreed to the terms of a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Fifth-year D-Tackle has been with the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints and should become a valuable part of the KC rotation.
— Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) April 5, 2022
Stallworth, 26, entered the NFL undrafted from South Carolina in 2018. He was part of the New Orleans Saints’ starting 53-man roster that fall, but would be released shortly thereafter. Stallworth then re-signed with the Saints’ practice squad on September 20, according to Pro Football Reference.
Stallworth would remain in New Orleans for the remainder of the 2018 and 2019 seasons, but was released on August 4, 2020. The veteran defenseman signed with the Indianapolis Colts on August 10 and would play 32 games over the next two seasons at Indy. During the 2021 regular season, Stallworth recorded 12 quarterback hits and three sacks, according to Pro Football Reference.
Last season, Stallworth played a total of 331 defensive snaps, with 217 of those being “counterdrive” snaps and 114 being “defensive run” snaps, according to PFF. That speaks to his ability within a solid Colts defense to be a useful asset in the run-and-pass game.
Last offseason, the Chiefs signed former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed to a one-year deal worth up to $7 million. Kansas City got what they paid for with Reed, as he racked up 29 tackles, eight quarterback hits and three sacks, per PFF. However, Reed is now a free agent and has not re-signed with the Chiefs. Instead, he signed with the Green Bay Packers.
Stallworth is not an upgrade over Reed. However, adding Stallworth as a depth piece and landing a rookie draft pick alongside Chris Jones on the defensive line would be an improvement over the Chiefs’ 2021 defensive tackle room.
It’s worth noting that there is only one player who officially visited the #Chiefs this offseason but didn’t end up signing with KC. That would be DE Arden Key, who signed JAX in his place.
Players like what they see when they visit #ChiefsKingdom
— Devon Clements (@DevclemNFL) April 4, 2022
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