2014 NFL Free Agency: 4 Players the Kansas City Chiefs Should Let Walk

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2014

2014 NFL Free Agency: 4 Players the Kansas City Chiefs Should Let Walk

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    It's that time of the year again when teams are deciding which free agents they want to keep for next season and who they would rather let walk.

    Like many teams, the Kansas City Chiefs will once again have some decisions to make in regards to their own free agents this offseason.

    That being said, the recent NFL salary cap increase to $133 million per team should help the Chiefs sign some of their free agents that they might not have been able to keep before.

    However, they will still have to cut ties with some players on their roster in the end.

    Here are some players I believe the Chiefs will not re-sign before the league-wide free-agency period begins on March 11.

FS Kendrick Lewis

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    Lewis turned in a nice rookie season for the Chiefs back in 2010, but since then, it's been all downhill for the former Ole Miss standout.

    He has struggled against both the pass and the run while also becoming one of the team's poorest tacklers in the process.

    To make matters worse, according to Spotrac, Lewis has the largest cap hit out of the three defensive backs who are scheduled to be free agents for KC this year.

    The Chiefs brass will be much better off going the FA route or drafting someone to replace Lewis for 2014, as it appears his time with Kansas City is all but done.

LT Branden Albert

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    Albert is the longest tenured veteran along the Chiefs' current offensive line.

    He was selected in the first round of the 2008 draft by the Chiefs and has played well in his time in Kansas City.

    However, the former All-ACC lineman has had his share of injury issues as of late and has also become too expensive to keep for next season.

    Look for Albert to hit free agency when it begins in a little over a week, as KC will likely run with Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson as their two starting tackles to begin the 2014 regular season.

DE Tyson Jackson

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    T-Jax has been a productive but not dominating defensive end in his five years with the Chiefs.

    His strength is defending the run, but DEs who can play solid run defense are a dime a dozen in this league.

    Couple this with his large cap hit of $7.2 million, and all of a sudden, Jackson is a strong candidate to hit free agency later this month.

    If his time in KC does end soon, he will always be remembered as the first major failure of ex-GM Scott Pioli's era with the Chiefs.

G Jon Asamoah

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    Like the previous two players, guard Jon Asamoah didn't make this list because of his poor play.

    KC's third-round pick of the 2010 NFL draft is on here due to the play of fellow offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz.

    Asamoah was benched in favor of Schwartz down the stretch last season, and KC's offensive line did much better in the ex-Fighting Illini star's absence.

    Plus, it simply wouldn't make sense to keep both Schwartz and Asamoah, when Big Jon would be more expensive to retain and lacks the physicality that Schwartz brings to the table as well.