Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes faces massive double free agency blow

Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes were able to overcome the loss of Tyreek Hill but they now look set to lose two more key offensive skill players which could hurt their Super Bowl aspirations.

The Kansas City Chiefs now look destined to lose two of their key offensive players within the next few days just a year after Patrick Mahomes already lost his No.1 target.

This time last summer, the Chiefs shocked the NFL world when they made the decision to trade away Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins for draft picks, which they used to bolster their defence. It was a decision that ultimately helped lead them to another Super Bowl championship.

But in losing Hill, the Chiefs lost their speedy, deep-threat receiver – which is a crucial position in their offense and certain formations in order to stretch the field – ultimately helping superstar tight end Travis Kelce.

And while Hardman is certainly not a like-for-like replacement for Hill, he did will in filling in the roll of deep-threat receiver and had been a vital cog in the offense – leading all wide receivers in touchdowns for the season.

But Hardman is a free-agent this summer and the Chiefs are ‘bracing to lose’ him when he hits the market, as ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler has reported.

Hardman is reportedly seen as one of the best speed receivers in the league and could garner a big contract in a weak free agency class this year. And it’s not just him who Mahomes is likely to lose, but also his former first-round running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Much had been expected from the former LSU man when the Chiefs selected him in the first-round of the 2020 draft. On the whole, Edwards-Helaire has had his moments, although he has failed to nail down the starting role – losing it to Isiah Pacheco last season.

Mecole Hardman and Clyde Edwards-Helaire could both leave the Chiefs in the coming days
Mecole Hardman and Clyde Edwards-Helaire could both leave the Chiefs in the coming days

But for Mahomes, Edwards-Helaire has been an important player, being a capable blocker and a solid passing option when the quarterback is under duress.


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