According to Bob Gretz of bobgretz.com, the Kansas City Chiefs worked out four players this week.
The Chiefs are focusing on LB and CB here:
LB Bobby Carpenter – 6-2, 249
Carpenter is a seven-year vet. He was released by the New England Patriots this offseason.
According to our friends at Pro Football Focus, Carpenter had a decent season in 2011 as a backup for the Detroit Lions. He played a total of 261 snaps on the season and finished with a +2.1 overall grade. He registered 23 tackles, one QB pressure and 12 stops. He mostly played weak-side linebacker though he saw significant snaps at strong-side linebacker against the Cowboys, Bears, 49ers and Lions in the middle of the season. He had one good game (+3.6) against the Cowboys and one poor performance (-3.6) against Atlanta.
Carpenter may not be a starter but when given the opportunity to play last season, he did a pretty decent job.
CB Chris Carr – 5-10, 181
Carr is an eight-year vet. He was released by the Minnesota Vikings. He played a reserve role last season for the Baltimore Ravens. He logged 191 snaps and finished with a grade of -1.5. He had 15 tackles, one sack, one hurry and four stops. He played in only nine games last season.
CB Dominique Franks – 6-0, 197
Franks is a three-year vet and was released by the Atlanta Falcons. He played 413 snaps last season in eight games. He was mostly inactive until Week 12 but then he started getting starts. He started Atlanta’s Wild Card playoff game against the New York Giants last season. He graded -1.6 in that game and -3.8 on the season. He received a -3.7 pass coverage grade. He had two interceptions on the year.
LB Bryan Kehl – 6-2, 244 pounds
Kehl played in five games last season for the St. Louis Rams. He is a five-year vet. He played only 81 snaps last year, registerign a grade of +0.4.
I would say Franks is the guy in this group the Chiefs should take a hard look at. He got significant experience last season and while he didn’t perform particularly well, he wasn’t flat out awful either. He is still fairly young and could be a guy who could develop under Emmet Thomas.
The downside here is that the Falcons clearly weren’t enamored of him. Scott Pioli is very close with Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff so the fact that Atlanta was willing to dump him might be a red flag for Pioli.
I am guessing the Chiefs will wait to make any moves until after the first game against the Falcons. They might want to see how their current roster performs before making changes.
What do you think, Addicts? Should Scott Pioli sign any of these players?