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Sep 16, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) takes a snap from guard Ryan Lilja (65) as tackle Branden Albert (76) blocks during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Chiefs 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

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The Chiefs are in need of both safety depth and an inside linebacker (to replace Jovan Belcher this offseason). Rather than wasting a draft pick on both positions, or signing expensive free agents, they could fill the void partially from within.

Start with Brandon Siler, who is a capable two-down linebacker. Siler is weak in coverage but strong against the run and not very expensive.

1. Tony Gonzalez – If you’ve been a Chiefs fan for very long, you know the impact and greatness of Tony Gonzalez. I personally have his jersey, and I’m sure tens of thousands of other Chiefs fans do as well. It’s not that hard to cheer against the Atlanta Falcons today, but it’s impossible as a Chiefs fan to cheer against Gonzalez. His emotional first ever playoff win last week was one for the ages.

It all started with a hit (while with the Kansas City Chiefs) that injured Tom Brady’s knee and forced him to miss almost a full season. Patriots receiver Wes Welker tore an anterior cruciate ligament on a Pollard tackle in the final game of the 2009 season, and tight end Rob Gronkowski sprained his ankle during a hit by Pollard in last year’s AFC Championship.

On Sunday, the Ravens won 28-13, Ridley never came back in the game, and Pollard had no regrets.

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