With Kareem Hunt banished, will Chiefs turn to a big-money free agent like Le’Veon Bell?

Le'Veon Bell a Kansas City Chief? With Kareem Hunt gone, the search for a permanent solution for 2019 and beyond starts now. The Chiefs have plenty of cap space next season, upwards of $45 million. But fitting Bell and a huge contract gets complicated.

One factor is what Bell will demand. He turned down $33 million in guaranteed money in the offseason from the Steelers, so he's looking for more than that. And while the Chiefs have cap space and can create more, the plan was to spend that money on defense.

The Chiefs need to address Dee Ford with either a franchise tag or a long-term deal, plus the team has needs at corner, safety and defensive line. The team has 14 unrestricted free agents on the 53-man roster including Ford, Allen Bailey, Steven Nelson and Ron Parker.

Where will the Chiefs find their 2019 starting running back? Perhaps he's on the roster now, maybe the Chiefs go shopping in free agency. But don't be surprised if general manager Brett Veach seeks a more affordable option via the trade market or draft pool.