Free agents the Chiefs can sign who don’t count against compensatory pick formula

The Kansas City Chiefs could find themselves playing a game within the game of free agency this year.

Orlando Brown Jr., Mecole Hardman and Juan Thornhill are all expected to have robust markets when free agency opens next week. It’s very possible that all three of the players sign lucrative contracts that qualify toward the compensatory pick formula in 2024. If that’s the case, Chiefs GM Brett Veach will likely look to avoid signing compensable free agents who cancel out any compensatory picks earned.

In order to avoid sitting on their hands too long, the Chiefs could prioritize adding from the pool of players who have been released as salary cap casualties. Right now, that list includes 20 players and it could grow even larger by Wednesday, March 15.

Below is an up-to-date list of the players who’ve been released:

QB Carson Wentz

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QB Marcus Mariota

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WR Robert Woods

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WR Chosen Anderson

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WR Kenny Golladay

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

RB Leonard Fournette

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TE Cameron Brate

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LT Taylor Lewan

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LT Donovan Smith

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C Justin Britt

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DL Michael Brockers

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EDGE Al-Quadin Muhammad

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EDGE Bud Dupree (release reported, not yet official)

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EDGE Leonard Floyd

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LB Zach Cunningham

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LB Eric Kendricks

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CB Shaq Griffin

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CB Byron Jones

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CB Bobby McCain

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S John Johnson III

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Story originally appeared on Chiefs Wire