By carrying-over a $24 million cap surplus from 2011, the Chiefs are in a position to re-sign their own free agents while making key external additions. Monday’s acquisition fits the latter, but it doesn’t eliminate the Chiefs core philosophy of drafting, developing and retaining its in-house talent.
Carr has certainly blossomed in Kansas City, going from an unheralded fifth-round pick to one of the top projected free agents at his position. After starting all 64 games of his NFL career, Carr has shown significant growth through each of his first four seasons in the NFL.
A former third-round pick of the Jets in 2005, Sione Pouha was originally considered a developmental player. That projection held true for Pouha’s first four NFL seasons, as the raw but talented prospect saw only one start from 2005-08.
When Pouha became a restricted free agent following the 2007 season, he agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Jets worth about $5.8 million. New York’s investment proved to be a bargain as Pouha went from reserve to starter in 2009 and has anchored the Jets defensive line each of the past three seasons.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Reilly Reiff, OT, Iowa — Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has great respect for players from Iowa, especially offensive linemen, because of coach Kirk Ferentz. He can line up on either side for the Chiefs.