Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) walks off the field after pregame warmups before the start of the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs’ Agents of Change


Last week, we took a look at current Chiefs players who are free agents this year. This week, as we continue to work our way towards the draft, let’s look at potential free agent pickups.

Our needs, in approximate order, are:

  • Quarterback
  • Defensive end
  • Wide receiver
  • Safety
  • Cornerback
  • Offensive line depth

Now my theory on free agents is that you are generally looking for a 3-4 year starter, and more often than not, are looking for good value. In other words, it’s rare that you get a superstar through free agency like a Priest Holmes, a Drew Brees or Deion Sanders.

Given our needs, here are a few options for our 2013 Kansas City Chiefs.

At quarterback, there are plenty of potential trade options, including Alex Smith, Matt Flynn and Nick Foles. With free agents, not so much. The top free agent quarterbacks are Joe Flacco, Jason Campbell, Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Moore, Drew Stanton and Seneca Wallace. No thank you. With the exception of Flacco, who will be very unavailable, we should pass here on QB free agents.

At defensive end, the free agent cupboard is almost bare, except for Henry Melton with the Bears. He was a high performing player this year, but may be free if Chicago switches its defense with a new coaching regime in. He’d be a steal and possibly a great replacement for Glenn Dorsey and/or Tyson Jackson, depending on how much Dorsey is going to ask, now that he is a free agent, or whether Jackson would want to restructure his contracts to be more competitive.

Wide receiver is pretty interesting in terms of free agents. We know from experience that rookies take a long time to develop. This year, Mike Wallace from the Steelers and Greg Jennings from the Packers are free agents. I’m inclined toward Jennings, for some veteran, championship-caliber production and leadership. Plus, I kinda like those Old Spice commercials. Oh, and Jennings is fast. Real fast.

At safety, I think we go after Ed Reed. Okay, I know, Reed hasn’t performed well in the postseason. But his leadership would really help out this Chiefs team as we go from a loser mentality to a championship mentality. Plus, can you imagine Berry and Reed in the same defense? Berry would learn so much, and Reed would raise everyone’s level of play. Reed would be like Mike Vrabel but able to run still. Not a bad combination.

The cornerback position is pretty thin with this year’s free agents. If Atlanta decides to release Brent Grimes, I think we go after him. Grimes was good enough to go the Pro Bowl in 2010. Ironically, he suffered a season ending Achilles tendon injury against the Chiefs in early 2012, but he’d be a welcome addition to our depleted secondary (I will always call our secondary “depleted” until we truly make up for the loss of Brandon Carr).

Overall, my free agency pickups would be, in order of priority:

1. Ed Reed, safety: veteran leadership and a win-now attitude or critical for our Chiefs.
2. Greg Jennings, wide receiver: Bowe and Jennings – I’m salivating already.
3. Brent Grimes, cornerback: Grimes would be what Routt was supposed to be.

Who do you think we should pick up in free agency, Addicts?!!

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  • ladner morse

    Miles, nice piece. Question… if we sign Ed Reed or a DE or a CB… do you think that tells us anything about who the Chiefs will target first in the draft?

    • Miles Yi

      Thanks Ladner! I think the biggest indicator for our first round pick is actually whether we re-sign Brandon Albert or not. If we do, then I think we go QB. If we don’t, then we go Joeckel. What do you think?

  • ArrowFan

    Any FA interior O linemen out there like centers? How about ILB any of them? Reed is a stud but does he have 3-4 more years left?

  • Michael Shaw

    Ed Reed? I am inclined to think that if the Raven’s win the SB, then Ed retires. He said last year he was going to retire and came back if i am not mistaken. I like the Greg Jennings thought, but I don’t see the Pack letting him get away honestly. On the DL front, would you think we should maybe go after Richard Seymour? He is a veteran, has been to the big game and could provide much needed and more quality leadership on the DL than Shaun Smith ever will. Also, thank you for NOT saying we should go after Shane Lechler. I am all in for us resigning Dustin! I know this might get me hung, but what about going after Chad Johnson? He wants to play again and seems to be willing to do whatever it takes to get back to his former pro bowl caliber of play?

    • superman_25_58

      Reed just said on NFL NETWORK that he will be back next year. I would rather them go after Goldson or whatever from SF if he some how slips through their fingers

  • john woodley

    Jennings, and what about a 2nd round for revis

    • Miles Yi

      Revis would be HUGE but I’m not sure if we could afford him. Woody Johnson would be a fool to let him go, but crazier things have happened (see Gonzales, Tony).

      • Jim Harper

        Today on ESPN several of the “experts” think trading Revis makes alot of sense. They are 19 Mil over cap and desperately need help on the offensive side and moving Revis could give them much needed help, plus they still have Cromartie and overall the defense is in pretty good shape. Now wouldn’t our defense be amazing with Revis and Flowers together?

      • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.patterson.505 Shawn Patterson

        See also Allen, Jared and Carr, Brandon!

    • nick f

      No revis we should go after rogers-cromartie

  • Jeff Suther

    I go mike Wallace over Jennings. He is a deep ball threat every play. Jennings is good but how much of it is Aaron Rodgers?

    • Chief Hokie

      Jennings is definitely a little overrated, plus he’s getting up there in age. Wallace would be a great pickup, I wonder if the steelers resign him. The only way I see us getting either one is if we don’t resign Bowe, though.

  • john woodley

    I wish greg jennings was sitting on my lap (in arrowhead)

  • Chief Hokie

    Ed Reed? Might as well tack on ray lewis while you’re at it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.aldridge.73 Jonathan Aldridge

    Kind of a tough sell post. It would be nice if we can get these guys, but I don’t see it happening.

  • Kyle ferguson

    Still don’t think wideout is a big need if we resign bowe, I think we need a second cb despritly, how many times did Areanas and Brown get burned last year vs flowers, resign the guys and draft a qb, a cb, and a safety. Coach them up and let’s go win some games

  • Jim Harper

    Wallace is fast but did nothing last year. Jennings has speed and great hands as well. Talib would be my choice at corner. Reed on a one year deal makes no sense to me. I do agree with Shaw about Seymour though. And oddly enough, Chad Johnson might be a steal. Give him a one year deal to see if he can turn it around. Revis would cost a bundle, but worth it in my estimation.

    • Danny W

      Only way I want Chad Johnson is if his name is Johnson and not Ocho Cinco. I don’t want any nonsense like that around KC> I would take a shot at him over Terry Copper though.

  • Danny W

    If we could keep Bowe I would be satisfied. Jennings seems to be hurt quite frequently, so I would like to give Baldwin a real shot with a legitimate quarterback. If I were forced to pick because we lost Bowe I would want Wallace but wouldn’t be complaining if we got Jennings. If we don’t sign Albert I think we have to go after Jake Long or Ryan Clady if either comes free instead of drafting a rookie. I would give a second and third round pick for Revis if the Jets would take it. I definitely do not want to draft Dee Milner number 1. Ed Reed would be great but he’s on his last legs as a defender.

    • Jim Harper

      Danny, Reed is good for one year at best. The Bronco’s will keep Clady but not so sure about Miami and Long. We really need to pay Albert and he has been very vocal about wanting to stay.

      • Danny W

        I know and I hope we do keep Albert, but if we don’t keep him I would rather get Long than draft Joekel.