Chiefs Check-in: Recapping Day 1 of legal tampering for Kansas City

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What’s happening in Chiefs Kingdom?

Well, Kansas City locked up its left tackle of the future, and it wasn’t Orlando Brown Jr., just as everyone anticipated. Free agency is now in full force.

Let’s look at the most recent and relevant Chiefs stories for the morning of March 14.

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  • The Chiefs have officially moved on from Orlando Brown Jr., agreeing to sign former Jaguars offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor to a four-year, $80 million deal with $60 million guaranteed. Taylor has primarily been a right tackle during his four-year career, but it looks like the Chiefs actually want him to play left tackle despite losing RT Andrew Wylie to the Commanders in free agency.

  • The best thing about the Taylor move is that it gives the Chiefs some options. Taylor’s versatility of being able to play both tackle positions means the Chiefs could move him to the right side if they find a good left tackle prospect in the NFL Draft (or a stopgap in free agency). Conversely, Taylor could play left tackle in K.C. and the Chiefs could draft a right tackle to compete with Lucas Niang.

  • The Chiefs are also re-signing defensive tackle Tershawn Wharton to a one-year, $2 million deal. Wharton has had a promising start to his young career after going undrafted in 2020. He has five sacks in three seasons but missed most of last year due to an ACL tear. He’ll have a good chance to compete for playing time in 2023 if he can get back to full strength.

  • We have trackers running for the Chiefs’ current free agents and the Chiefs’ free agency moves so far. Remember, while the legal tampering period is officially open, none of the moves are actually official until free agency begins at 3 p.m. CT Wednesday. The Chiefs currently have 16 free agents on the open market.


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