3 left tackle options for Chiefs in free agency shopchiefsjerseys.com

The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to let left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. hit the free agent market after declining to use the franchise tag at Tuesday’s deadline.

They don’t have another option to play the left tackle position currently on the roster, which means they’ll need to address the position. They’ll likely have some options to consider via trade and in the draft. They’ll also have options — albeit a scarce number of them — to consider during the upcoming free agency period.

With the legal tampering period coming on Monday and free agency soon to follow, we’re taking a look at three of those free agents and considering their fit with the Chiefs.

The Buccaneers released Smith on Tuesday, instantly making him the top veteran tackle on the Market. A former 2015 second-round pick by Tampa out of Penn State, Smith is considered a reliable and fairly-durable option at the left tackle position. During his first four seasons in the league, he didn’t miss a single game. This year, the soon-to-be 30-year-old left tackle is coming off of a down year, during which he struggled with an elbow injury. He appeared in just 14 games (including playoffs), which was the lowest mark in a single season of his career. He surrendered six sacks and 22 pressures according to Pro Football Focus, also matching his career high in penalties with 13.

There’s some belief that Smith wouldn’t quite be a fit given what the Chiefs need out of their left tackle with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback. That said, there are benefits to signing Smith. He was released, so the team can negotiate with him now and he won’t count toward the compensatory pick formula. There’s also the added benefit that he won a Super Bowl against Kansas City in Super Bowl LV and knows what it takes to win a championship.

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