Has anyone else noticed the rather high expectations and unjust optimistic outlook on the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs? Before Manning signed with Denver, pundits nation wide had this team winning the West. To that I ask a simple question: why?!
This is the same team that has Matt Cassel at quarterback. The man has done about as much in the NFL as Herbie Hancock did. Additionally, this team has a new head coach in Romeo Crennel. You know what the success rate of a coach in his first year is in taking his team to the playoffs? Well…neither do I, but common sense says it’s pretty low. Also, Romeo has a less than stellar pedigree – a 24-40 record in Cleveland. Tell me why again people are high on Romeo?
Lost in the details regarding the operation of the franchise tag, the transition tag, and the various restricted free agency tenders is the fact that, while restricted free agents go off the market before the draft, franchise and transition players remain available to be signed into May and beyond.
And so, in theory, if a team decides to pursue one of the non-exclusive franchise players, like Bears running back Matt Forte, Ravens running back Ray Rice, Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe, and Lions defensive end Cliff Avril, it can still happen. Specifically, the player would sign an offer sheet, the current team would have an opportunity to match it, and if the current team doesn’t match within a week, the current team would receive a first-round pick in 2013 and a first-round pick in 2014.
Joseph McGeady from Berkeley, Calif., wants to know why I had Kansas City safety Eric Berry at No. 2 and San Diego safety Eric Weddle at No. 3 in my recent AFC West secondary rankings.
Bill Williamson: Joseph, I know you asking because Berry missed just about all of the 2011 season, his second in the league, after suffering a knee injury in Week 1. It is a valid question, but I still feel good about the choice. I think Berry is a top-end player — who will come back and make an immediate presence. Ranking Weddle the No. 3 defensive back in the division is no knock. It’s a compliment. He’s a very good player, but I think Berry has a chance to be one of the best defensive players in the NFL very soon.