We are less than 12 days away from the 2021 NFL trade deadline and the fever has already spread all across the league.
The Kansas City Chiefs are 3-3 heading into a pivotal Week 7 matchup with the Tennessee Titans but no matter the result, the back-to-back AFC championships are expected to be buyers on November 2.
According to our very own Heavy on Chiefs fanbase, Kansas City could use a few different positions this year and most of them are on the defensive side. Linebacker, cornerback, defensive end and D-line, in general, were all frequent suggestions on our page and ESPN writer Bill Barnwell agreed with a couple of these suggestions in a recent article predicting 10 NFL trade proposals.
Player Swap With Rams
The first of Barnwell’s two suggestions was a smaller move that would send the Los Angeles Rams a cornerback while acquiring a linebacker in his place.
Chiefs get: LB Travin Howard.
Rams get: CB Deandre Baker.
On paper, trading a former first-round pick for a former seventh-rounder doesn’t sound too appealing but when you factor in that Kansas City didn’t spend their first on Baker it makes things a little better. GM Brett Veach took a flyer on the CB and while he’s kept his nose out of trouble since joining the Chiefs, he’s still fifth or sixth on the depth chart when everyone’s healthy.
Barnwell wrote: “The Rams need help at cornerback after Darious Williams went on injured reserve… The Chiefs have lots of cornerbacks they prefer to Baker, but one of the many other things they could use is a linebacker. Their linebackers have been shredded in coverage this season, and Anthony Hitchens hyperextended his elbow in Sunday’s win over Washington. Howard, a converted safety, was in line to compete for linebacker snaps in 2020 before tearing his meniscus. He has only played 10 defensive snaps this season, all of which came in garbage time last week against the Giants.”