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Chiefs trade RB Knile Davis to Packers

25 Sep 2016: Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) before a matchup between the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO.  (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)
Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire

The Kansas City Chiefs have traded backup running back Knile Davis to the Green Bay Packers.

Certainly, he’s a depth player and can contribute on special teams, but he may also see work at the RB position. James Starks is banged up, Eddie Lacy has been playing through injury, and the Packers were talking about using wideouts like Ty Montgomery at RB before their loss to the Cowboys. They clearly have a need at the position, even if they don’t need a top back.

Davis has been asking to be traded. Two years ago, he looked like the lead backup, a guy who got a lot of touches when Jamaal Charles was hurt. With Charles out last year, though, he barely saw the ball. The Chiefs went with Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware instead. Ian Rapoport noted that:

“The Chiefs were waiting for Jamaal Charles to get healthy & ready before they agreed to Knile Davis’ request for a trade. They did today.”

Spencer Ware still got far more carries than Charles, but the Chiefs are working him back into the lineup and had no need for four RBs. This clears up a roster spot and gives Davis a fresh start, which he wanted.

The Chiefs won’t get a lot back. The Packers only had to hand them a conditional pick. It will be better for them if Davis plays a ton, but even then it’s not going to be huge. Still, it’s better than simply cutting him, so they get something back for a player they didn’t need going forward. That’s a win for both sides.

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