It’s good to be validated by your team’s owner from time to time. We here at AA have debated about whether it’s wise to really pursue any of the big-name free agents out there (most notably NT Vance Wilfork) for a couple weeks now. It has been my position for a while that we should stay out of it, arguing:
There is perhaps no more important offseason for the Chiefs rebuilding effort than this offseason, because it is so rife with problems. The lack of an agreement between the players and the league likely means that almost all meaningful free agents will be held onto by their current teams. The few players that do make it to the market will have the entire league competing for them. This means that these players will likely be vastly overpaid in accordance to their ability — which is fine if a team is one or two pieces away from a championship run. But if a team is in the budding stage of rebuilding, as we are, every dollar we overpay today is a dollar we can’t pay when we’re looking for the final pieces in a couple years. The less we participate in this offseason’s free agency pool, the better.
“I would think numerically we’ll be very active,” Hunt said. “I can’t say specifically we’d sign what’s regarded as a high-priced or high-demand free agent. We’ll certainly look at every one of those players. (General manager Scott Pioli) has my blessing to pursue them if he thinks they’re the right fit for the football team.”
Cheap? Sure. But smart? Definitely. You’re making the right call, Clark. I’ve argued that extensively.
That said, however, he did leave the door more than a bit cracked for Pioli, didn’t he? “Blessing to pursue” and “if they’re the right fit”…
That doesn’t seem to negate that the Chiefs would be in the Wilfork sweepstakes. You tell me, Addicts.