Besides the obvious improvement made in Denver when they secured Peyton Manning, I have to hand it to the Kansas City Chiefs. GM Scott Pioli capitalized on the SCC market by picking up Eric Winston, Stanford Routt and Kevin Boss, three starters from teams that had to release players — two from their own division, and all three from their conference.
One GM I spoke with likes to say, “Money and cap space are power. Rosters are built and broken this time of year.” Kansas City has a lot of salary cap space and put it to good use grabbing players other teams couldn’t afford to keep
Kansas City Chiefs: For starters, S Eric Berry, RB Jamaal Charles and TE Tony Moeaki strengthen their ACL injuries every day, ensuring the team should have three of its top players back in 2012. Joining them will be additions RT Eric Winston, RB Peyton Hillis, CB Stanford Routt, TE Kevin Boss and backup QB Brady Quinn. If QB Matt Cassel also returns healthy and reverts to his AFC West-winning form of 2010, this team should be a heavyweight again.