Kansas City Chiefs – Cap Space: $3,574,461
Possibly the least likely destination. Kansas City already have a dynamic trio of safeties in Daniel Sorensen, Juan Thornhill and Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu is locked into the starting strong safety position until at least 2022 on a deal that commits $35m to the tenacious playmaker – a chunk of money that Adams would hope to at least match over the next couple of years. Thornhill remains on his rookie deal until 2023 and Sorensen is a capable third option.
There is also a major elephant in the room. Arguably the top current QB in the game, Patrick Mahomes is due a market resetting contract in the not-too-distant future. With little over $3.5m to play with in cap space, the Chiefs are going to need to get creative with any potential deal.
Almost equally important is the decision that the Chiefs need to make on star defensive tackle, Chris Jones. Jones is indisputably one of the top 3-techs in the game at present and will need to be paid like one, either in Kansas or elsewhere.
These monster deals will mean that the draft takes on even greater significance for the Chiefs over the next 3-5 years, further adding to the reluctance that Brad Veach and Andy Reid will have with trading away the requisite high drafts picks required to entice the Jets to make a trade.
KC will need to fill out their roster with lower priced rookie deals in order to offset the presence of Mahomes and Jones on their roster throughout the lifetime of their deals. This issue is brought further into focus when you consider the fact that both Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson both become free agents in 2021.
Surrounding Mahomes with weapons will be key to maximising a generational talent in his prime. Luckily for the Chiefs, the 2021 draft is loaded with wide receiving options for an offensive retooling that began in April with the drafting of Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Finally, the Chiefs also have a number of other extensions that will need to be agreed on over the next few years: Travis Kelce, Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher all become free agents in 2022, which only serves to highlight how difficult it is to establish and maintain a dynasty in the modern NFL. A Jamal Adams trade and the oppressive contract that comes with it would eliminate any dreams that the Chiefs have of a dynasty.