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The Kansas City Chiefs needed a playmaking safety and signed coveted free agent Tyrann Mathieu.
They needed help at cornerback and signed Bashaud Breeland and Morris Claiborne.
They had to address the pass rush and extended the contract of defensive end Frank Clark.
That aggressive approach to roster turnover speaks volumes about the job Chiefs general manager Brett Veach has done in Kansas City. But it also speaks volumes to the fact that the Chiefs, for years a franchise that struggled to lure top talent on the open market against higher-profile teams, has become a destination for players seeking playoff glory and Super Bowl rings.
“I wanted to come to a team that had great talent, great core players,” explained Mathieu, who signed a $42 million, three-year contract in March. “Any time you can play for an organization that has a great history and obviously a great quarterback that’s really going to take this league over, really by storm — really this was a no-brainer for me and my family.”
Though the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs are perennial AFC powerhouses, both teams are surrounded by questions heading into the 2019-2020 season. Saturday’s Steelers vs. Chiefs preseason matchup may provide answers to those questions.
The Steelers lost offensive all-stars Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown in the off-season. This is in addition to the tragic end of defensive cornerstone Ryan Shazier’s career back in December 2017, a loss from which the Steelers defense has never quite recovered.
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The Kansas City Chiefs looked dominant in the preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Even running vanilla schemes on both sides of the ball, the team’s overall depth and talent couldn’t help but wipe the floor, er, field, with the Bengals.
The Steelers will present a much bigger opponent, even if they’ve taken their hits in recent offseasons. Antonio Brown is now gone to the Oakland Raiders and that comes one year after Le’Veon Bell ran himself out of town. Both men were among the elite contributors in the NFL at their respective positions, and it’d be hard for any single team to replace even one of them.