Playground Pick ‘Em: Added a player from each AFC West team to the Chiefs

Now that the NFL’s summer break is here, let’s have some fun.

The Kansas City Chiefs are enjoying a month-long break before returning to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph for the start of training camp. This moment is critical for defending champions AFC West, as Kansas City seek to sign Pro-Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to a long-term contract — and during the final waves of free agency, shore up holes along the defensive line.

While the players and staff of the team enjoy their last moments of solitude, arrowhead pride is for dreamers.

The final stretch of the NFL football-free calendar year serves as the backdrop for this article, which is dedicated to filling the Chiefs’ current gaps with stars from other AFC West teams.

These movements are completely hypothetical – and are based on a very, very distant reality. But… could you imagine?

From Los Angeles Chargers: on-board rusher Joey Bosa

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It seems like a no-brainer. Kansas City adds the four-time Pro Bowler (and 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year) to a unit that desperately needs his services. Bosa’s 10.5 bags in 2021 would have led the Chiefs — and his pairing with Frank Clark and Chris Jones would give defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo more ammunition to turn up the heat on opposing quarterbacks. Bosa in red and gold would seriously weird – but after a few hits on opposing quarterbacks, I think Kansas City fans would welcome this furious pass thrower with open arms

Outside inside: Los Angeles cornerback JC Jackson and point carrier Khalil Mack

From Las Vegas Raiders: wide receiver Davante Adams

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Adams has yet to dress for Vegas in 2022, so a quick transfer from West arrowhead in Kansas City proper wouldn’t be too difficult. In March, Adams traded two-time league MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers for college teammate Derek Carr — in a bid to rekindle his old connection. Despite the lack of playoff success with the Green Bay PackersAdams is one of the best pass catchers in the league, totaling 1,553 scrimmage yards (and 11 touchdowns) on 123 touches last season. While head coach Andy Reid and his staff currently have no real need for the position, adding Adams to Kansas City’s newly revamped receiving squad would immediately put him among the best in the league.

Outside inside: Las Vegas top runners Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones

From Denver Broncos: cornerback Patrick Surtain II

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The Kansas City cornerback room adds another young piece in this hypothetical move that would bring the Alabama Crimson Tide remarkable team where his father played the last four years of his NFL career. Surtain enters 2022 looking to build on an outstanding rookie campaign in which he started 15 games, played 89% of defensive snaps and had four interceptions. The lanky 6-foot-2 corner would bring a level of physicality and athleticism to a position where we know the Chiefs like to hoard talent. Surtain, rookie Trent McDuffie, third-year starter L’Jarius Sneed and key contributor Rashad Fenton would be a young cornerback corps the Chiefs could build for years to come.

Outside inside: Denver Edge rusher Randy Gregory and safety Justin Simmons

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