The Kansas City Chiefs made a complete overhaul in 2013 with a new coaching staff, front office and with more than half of the roster being new faces as well. With all the changes the Chiefs have very little wiggle room in the salary cap for the 2014 offseason, and they’re going to need to be creative. After maneuvering and cutting a few contracts, Kansas City will have to make decisions on whether or not to try to bring back their 16 free agents. One of those players is defensive back/kickoff return man Quintin Demps. Here’s a look at the good and the bad of re-signing the six-year veteran.
With very limited playing time in the secondary, Demps had a knack for making plays, grabbing four picks and deflecting nine passes. He shined as kickoff return man as well with a 30.1 yard average, good for third best in the league.
Demps made the league minimum of $715,000 for 4-6 year vets in 2013, and his solid season could inspire another team to offer him more money than the Chiefs can afford to match.
Kansas City can’t afford to overspend on Demps. He can bring some depth to the secondary but is not likely to compete for a starting job. He had a great season returning kicks, but so did Knile Davis who averaged 32.1 yards in 10 attempts. He definitely has some value, but the Chiefs can’t afford to go too far beyond the league minimum to re-sign him.