The economy is in bad shape. Most NFL teams are cap strapped. Pro Bowl-caliber vets are getting cut like they were journeymen. Maybe, just maybe, Scott Pioli thinks that the most valuable asset the Chiefs can have heading into the draft, and even into the June 1 cut deadline, is plentiful cap space?
Guys like Anquan Boldin, Jarvis Green and Shaun Rogers will surely be easier to acquire on draft day, right? After all, it was Scott Pioli who once imported Randy Moss for a fourth-round pick. I’m not saying that’s going to happen again. What I’m saying is that maybe we get a guy like the disgruntled Rogers for a third- or fourth-round pick on draft day, when one year ago he cost a third and a highly regarded, at least at the time, cover corner in Leigh Bodden. Keep in mind that Rogers led all nose tackles with 76 tackles with 4.5 sacks. He’s just one example, too.
The theory here: better to give up a pick and get a guy you really want with a reasonable contract, than to over pay a free agent you don’t like as much.
Additionally, I think players, and good ones, will continue to get cut all the way up until June 1. Teams will also be looking to trade players rather than straight up release them. I believe this is what happened with Mike Vrabel. What better way to keep a player out of the hands of a division rival than to trade them to a team of your liking for whatever you can get? Makes sense if you were already going to cut that player anyway.
We also have veterans — Brian Waters, Larry Johnson and Tamba Hali come to mind — that I could see us trading for draft picks.
As the draft approaches and vets continue to get cut, maybe Pioli thinks that the best way to be a player this offseason is to maintain the most flexible cap situation in the NFL? If so, he could be right, as long as he finds ways to capitalize.
Addicts, sound off on this theory…