Chiefs trading CB L’Jarius Sneed to Titans for 2025 3rd-round pick, 2024 7th-round swap: Report

By Dianna Russini, Mark Puleo and Larry Holder

The Kansas City Chiefs are trading cornerback L’Jarius Sneed to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a 2025 third-round pick and a 2024 seventh-round pick swap, ESPN reported Friday. The trade is pending a physical for Sneed, per the report.

Multiple other teams were interested in acquiring the ascending cornerback, who has played a key role in multiple Chiefs’ Super Bowl runs. A deal with Tennessee nearly materialized last week but fell through at the last hour.

The Chiefs had placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Sneed earlier this month after a long-term deal could not be reached with the 27-year-old. The Chiefs locked up fellow defensive star Chris Jones on a record five-year deal worth $158.75 million, including $60 million guaranteed, on Sunday.

Sneed, who was drafted by Kansas City in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, just finished the final year of his rookie contract. He combined with All-Pro corner Trent McDuffie to power the Chiefs secondary, which allowed just 3,001 passing yards (fourth fewest in the league) and 19 passing touchdowns in 2023.

The Titans’ defense ranked 16th in points allowed and 18 in yards allowed in 2023, surrendering 3,866 passing yards and managing just six interceptions, the fewest in the NFL.

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How Sneed stacks up

Sneed showed his potential during his rookie season by only yielding a 54.2 opposing passer rating, via Stathead, during nine games (six starts) in 2020. His rates were solid once becoming a full-time starter with a 91.9 mark in 2021 and an 84.2 rating in 2022.

Then Sneed put it all together in 2023 with a 56.2 rating and a stingy 51.0 completion percentage when targeted.

Here’s a look at the top cornerbacks from 2023 regarding opposing passer rating. Opposing completion percentages and interceptions are also included for these players:

There’s little doubt that Sneed belongs in the conversation of top cornerbacks in the NFL. — Larry Holder, NFL senior writer

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