LA Chargers: Getting to know Week 2 opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs

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(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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Kansas City Chiefs’ offseason departures

While the Chiefs were able to retain some of their key pieces, they did lose multiple players to free agency. Cornerback Kendall Fuller signed with the Washington Football Team for $40 million over four years.

They also lost defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah to the Miami Dolphins on a two-year, $15 million deal. Lineman Stefen Wisniewski signed a two-year, $2.85 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blake Bell went to the Cowboys on a one-year, $1.7 million deal.

Some other offensive players the Chiefs did not bring back were running backs LeSean McCoy, who signed with the Buccaneers, and Spencer Ware. Offensive guard Cameron Erving who also signed with the Cowboys. Linebackers Reggie Ragland, who went to the Lions, and Darron Lee.

Cornerback Morris Claiborne who is still a free agent and their long-time punter, Dustin Colquitt who signed with the Steelers. These departures are not too big of an issue for the Chiefs as they signed or drafted players to fill their roles including Edwards-Helaire and Willie Gay Jr.

Along with losing these players to free agency, the Chiefs also had two linemen and a running back opt out of the 2020 season. Lucas Niang, their third-round selection from TCU, has opted out of this season.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who is a doctor, has also opted out to continue helping fight COVID-19. Damien Williams was the third Chief to opt-out of the season, which gave Edwards-Helaire an opportunity to take over the starting running back role.