We’ll continue our player-by-player look at the Kansas City Chiefs’ potential unrestricted free agents with their longtime long snapper.
Seven NFL seasons, all with the Chiefs. Turned 32 in July.
Chiefs career: Gafford has been the Chiefs’ snapper for every game since arriving midway through the 2008 season. Among current players, only Derrick Johnson, Dustin Colquitt, Tamba Hali, Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles have been with the Chiefs longer.
Argument for keeping Gafford: Long snappers can be notoriously fickle, but the Chiefs know what they are getting with Gafford.
Argument for letting Gafford go: The current coaching staff has never seemed comfortable with Gafford. Andy Reid and his staff thought they had to motivate him by bringing in competition during their first training camp in Kansas City in 2013. In 2014, Gafford had some off-target snaps that the Chiefs believed led to missed field goal attempts by Cairo Santos in a late-season game against Oakland. That led the Chiefs to add a deep snapper to the practice squad. That player has since moved on, but the Chiefs added two other deep snappers to their roster.
What should happen with Gafford: The Chiefs’ intentions here seem clear. While the Chiefs could bring three deep snappers to camp, it’s far more likely they move on from Gafford and allow the other two players, Brandon Hartson and Jorgen Hus, to compete for the job.