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A Chiefs Free Agency Wish List

Tonight at midnight the “official” NFL free agency period begins. For the past three days teams have been able to be “in contact” with players’ agents but no deals have been allowed to be signed. That all changes at the stroke of midnight tonight. Fans always want their team to go out and spend money on the highest profile players in hopes of landing a super star that will lead their team to a Super Bowl. That rarely if ever happens. The good teams use free agency to supplement their roster with solid players that fill gaps and provide depth. The teams that shell out huge pay days to a single player in free agency rarely get their money’s worth. With that in mind, I’ve come up with ten moves I’d like to see KC make in the coming days. There is no way that they will make all ten, but I think a combination of four or five of these could really help solidify the roster heading into the draft.

I’ll start with the offense.

1. Restructure Matt Cassel’s contract to be the backup QB.

I know this won’t be a popular opinion, but have you looked at the FA QB market? Jason Campbell, David Garrard, Rex Grossman, do any of these guys REALLY sound like better options to fill in for Alex Smith should he go down with an injury? It seems to me that Reid and Dorsey want to win games now. If that’s the case then you don’t want a mid to late round draft pick starting for you if your QB goes down. Cassel did well in NE and under Charlie Weis in KC when he had good coaching. He’s also a team first guy that would support Alex Smith. I think that under Andy Reid Cassel would be the best backup QB option available for KC. They can still draft a QB and he can compete with Stanzi for the #3 spot.

2. Sign RB LaRod Stephens-Howling from Arizona.

A lot of KC fans have talked about getting a new “thunder” to replace Peyton Hillis as the change of pace to Jamaal Charles’ “lightning”. However, Andy Reid doesn’t run the ball much so I’m just not sure a “thunder” is needed. Frankly, I’d rather they give the ball to JC on 3rd and short then some 240 lbs back up RB anyway. Stephens-Howling is only 26 years old, he’s quick, he catches the ball well, he plays special teams, he’s a good kick returner, he would be a perfect back up to JC, and best of all he will be relatively cheap in free agency. I say let him and Cyrus Gray compete for the 2nd string spot.

3. Sign WR David Nelson from Buffalo.

David Nelson is not a big name WR like Greg Jennings or Mike Wallace, but after giving Dwayne Bowe a huge payday the Chiefs can’t afford to pay another WR big FA dollars. Nelson is only 26 years old and was looking like an up and coming player before an ACL injury in week one last year ended his season. In 2011 he started 13 games and caught 61 passes for 658 yards and 5 TDs. He’s another big WR at 6’5″ and 214 lbs. The nice thing about Nelson is that he would push Jon Baldwin. If Baldwin responds and claims the #2 WR spot then Nelson could be the #3 WR, which would be fine since he shouldn’t command a lot of money. If Baldwin doesn’t step up then Nelson is good enough to step in and be the #2 behind Bowe. A lot of people are clamoring for a deep threat WR, but since Smith doesn’t have the strongest arm, I’m not sure KC could utilize that kind of player.

4. Sign TE Brandon Myers from Oakland.

Brandon Myers quietly caught 79 passes for 806 yards and 4 TDs for the Raiders last season. The 27 year old won’t be cheap, but also won’t command the huge contract that a big name would. Myers would push Moeaki as the first string TE. Myers isn’t a great blocker, but he isn’t a turn-style either. The TE position is going to take on an even greater importance with Andy Reid and Alex Smith at the helm of the offense. Both men have relied heavily on the TE as a safety valve. The Chiefs just can’t rely on Moeaki and his injury history. Plus, stealing one of the Raiders better offensive players makes this move all the better.

5. Sign C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith from Green Bay.

The 26 year old Dietrich-Smith has ties to new GM John Dorsey. He has versatility in that he could play at either center or guard. He has only started 9 games over the past two seasons so again he shouldn’t command a fat contract. Besides his connection to Dorsey, the other big plus is his ability to play all the interior line spots gives KC some options. If Hudson is slow to come back from his injury then he could start at center. If Hudson is ready to go then he could challenge Jeff Allen for a starting guard spot.

6. Sign RT Andre Smith from Cincinnati.

This is the one real big dollar free agent on my list. It’s probably the biggest long shot as well. Most people are assuming that the Chiefs cut Eric Winston to make room for the selection of an OT with the first overall pick. On a recent radio interview Winston said his release was a “philosophical thing”. Many have said that Reid likes a bigger and more physical offensive line. Andre Smith is a physically imposing 6’4″ 335 lbs (I’d wager he’s actually heavier then that listed weight). Smith and Albert would be a great pair of bookend tackles and would give KC the freedom back to do whatever they want with the first overall pick that they had before they released Winston.

Now on to the defense.

7. Re-sign Ropati Pitoitua.

This one seems like a no brainer to me. Pitoitua played well for KC last season and he has experience in the Jets 3-4 system that their new DC will be bringing to KC. I don’t know that Pitoitua should be a starter, but he’s a solid rotational player and should come with a cheap price tag. (Note: if recent reports of the Chiefs keeping Glenn Dorsey are true this move may not be needed.)

8. Sign DT/DE Desmond Bryant from Oakland.

Stealing another Raider, isn’t it great! Bryant might be the player I’d most like to see in KC on this list. He’s 26 years old, 6’6″ and 311 lbs, and has averaged 4.5 sacks over the past two seasons as an interior pass rusher. A defensive front of Bryant, Poe, and Jackson would be a very physically imposing one. Bryant would become the best interior pass rusher on the team and would possibly open Poe up for one on one blocking on passing downs. (Again, if Dorsey is re-signed this may not be feasible, but given the choice of Dorsey or Bryant I’d take Bryant hands down.)

9. Sign ILB Bart Scott from the Jets.

The Chiefs need a new starting ILB next to Derrick Johnson. Scott is getting up there in years and is a bit of a loud mouth. That sounds like a bad thing but it’s exactly why I want him in KC. Guys like DJ and Tamba Hali are both great lead by example guys but they aren’t much of a “rally the troops” vocal leader when the game is on the line. Scott would obviously know the Chiefs new 3-4 by heart and might give the talented KC defense the vocal leader they need to hold them accountable when things aren’t going well.

10. Sign FS Charles Woodson from Green Bay.

Another connection with GM John Dorsey from Green Bay. Woodson isn’t ready to retire yet, but may only have one or two seasons left in him. I love the idea of Woodson back there leading the Chiefs secondary. I REALLY love the idea of him mentoring Eric Berry. Woodson could play FS next year and then perhaps they could move the recently signed Dunta Robinson to FS after he retires.

There’s my list Addicts. What do you think? Who do you like? Who don’t you like? Who did I leave off the list? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below and I look forward to see if any of these guys end up in KC starting tonight.

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  • njjohn

    I agree completely on the Matt Cassel situation. All these fans have done for three years is bitch and complain that he is only a back-up so why should anyone have a problem with him being the back-up? In fact, he’d be the best back-up in the NFL.
    Next, I think the best player they could target would be the gaurd out of Buffalo. Sorry, forgot his name. You get him, draft Jockel/Fishcer and slide them to RT and you’ve got the makings of a tremendous offensive line for years to come.

    • berttheclock

      Levitre. He will set the OG market.
      However, as to that list, I would be surprised to not read, at least at the Star, some Mizzou types wanting to see Chase Daniels brought in from the Saints. I really do not see Stanzi even being with the Chiefs.

      Desmond Bryant is huge, but, he, also, would bring a ton of baggage atop his broad back. Dietrich-Smith is interesting, although, Pioli realy missed the boat when he could have signed him after he had been cut, the first time by the Packers. He did sign the backup NT, Toribio, who came out of that same training camp with the Packers.
      Interesting about Andre Smith, who was rated as the fourth best RT in the NFL, recenty. BTW, the third rated RT was Winston.

      • njjohn

        I never did understand the Winston move. I find it hard to believe they won’t draft Joeckle or Fischer since that move was made.
        If his health checked out, I’d rather they let Dorsey go and drafted Star out of Utah. That to me would have been a much bigger upgrade.

      • Tyler Alexander

        I’d love to see Daniels on our team. He’s accurate, cool under pressure, makes plays with his legs and tutored under Drew Breese. Sign me up for some David Nelson too.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Nelson would be a nice addition. He’ll come cheap, and if healthy, he’ll help upgrade the Chiefs wide receiver corps. I’d pass on Scott. I want one of the ILB’s who’ll shake free from Green Bay. Brad Jones and AJ Hawk are both headed for free agency. My guess is, only one of them will return.

    • Doug McD

      I agree Nelson is the only one that jumps off the list for me. Not sure if a Cassel rework would be a good idea, but it wouldn’t surprise me. I would prefer Foles in a trade from the eagles as a backup. I do think that ASmith is a person that needs a coach like Reid to perform well. Not sure how ASmith would react to having a QB from Reids old team on the roster. ASmith needs coaching confidence to perform well.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Smith wants big money, right? He’d be a great addition, but the Chiefs would be hustling backwards to cut Winston and then sign Andre Smith. I can’t wait to see how this situation with Winston unfolds. If he’s signed quickly, we’ll know it wasn’t an injury situation.

        • berttheclock

          His agent floated an $8 M multi. The Browns have looked at him.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            A bit too rich for my blood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Larry-Vandesande/1692334818 Larry Vandesande

    I have sympathy for the Cassell restructuring idea but the rest of this list is fantasy. Chiefs simply won’t have enough $$$ or cap space to do all this. They need to identify the priority areas and determine which one is going to be resolved through the draft with the No. 1 draft pick. I still cannot see Chiefs drafting a tackle No. 1 with the idea of making him a right tackle. They no longer need a cornerback meaning the other top priorities would be inside linebacker and wide receiver. And there is none of either in the draft good enough to consider drafting No. 1 overall.

    Chiefs needs and possible resolution:

    RT: Andre Smith would be an OK choice. They should spend the No. 1 draft pick here if team has already decided it is not going to try to sing Branden Albert long-term. If othrewise, Phil Loadholt of Vikings, who takes a lot of penalties but is sound against both the run and pass, would come with a lower price tag than Smith. Chiefs brass will have to decide how much they want to pay for the offensive tackle position before pulling the trigger here. They can probably get the No. 1 draft pick cheaper than Andre Smith. Signing Smith might use up the rest of Chiefs cap space, puting pressure on them to fill other holes with the draft.

    WR: Chiefs need another productive pro player here. Nelson is a good option though he is coming off ACL surgery. Danny Amendola is another option and Julian Edelmann, another injury waiting to happen, would probably come less expensively. A sleeper pick coming off injury is Mohamed Massaquoi of Browns.

    ILB: Bart Scott? Maybe. Takeo Spikes is three years older (36 against 33) but still as good as Scott against the run without any injury history.

    TE: The Gianst are trying to re-sign Martellus Bennett who is a better option than the one cited here. Ed Dixon of Ravens has undeveloped potential and Ben Watson of Browns is a solid all-around tight end.

    RB: I like Danny Woodhead among those likely available in free agency. He is more of a do-it-all back than the others and is used to part-time duty.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Yep. Loadholt would definitely be cheaper.

  • berttheclock

    Why add Howling-Smith? He is only five seven and weighs less than 190. His best year as a KR was two years ago and his over 1700 yards fell to just over 800 last season. His receptions fell off, but, he did have a few carries as a RB. I must add after the debacle of bringing in Baldwin, I am a little suspect of recent Pittsburgh Panthers products. Add Palko to that list, as well. The golden days of Marino have left the building.

  • micah stephenson

    I like MLBs Dannel Ellerbe, Ray Maualuga, Brad Jones. CBs Sean Smith, Aqib Talib, Chris Houston, DRC, Cary Williams. Safetys Dashon Goldson, Ed Reed, Laron Landry, Cris Clemons. TE Jared Cook. It would b nice if they got 2 or 3 of these players. Chiefs need a wr too.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      From that list, give me Jones and Houston.

      • micah stephenson

        Yea any of those LBS and Houston and the D will b looking NICE!

        • Stacy D. Smith

          I know we’ll be 1-gapping this year, but I think we could use more rotational help with the passrush. When Hali and Houston are cold, we’ve got nothing.

    • njjohn

      Sean Smith would be nice, but I don’t think they’ll spend the $$$ on him after gettting Robinson. Ed Reed would be good to mentor Berry for a couple of years and yes, they need another receiver.

  • Bosco Cletus

    If Cassel isnt released in the next couple days after the Smith deal is done, I’d say he is in fact staying on board. Will it be popular? No, probably not but like you say, who else is available? None of those guys have played and started games in the last few years, Cassel has. If Smith misses say two games next year, and Cassel could win one of them, the decision would look pretty good then.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      He’ll have to be re-structured though. No way they keep him on at $7.5m.

      • Bosco Cletus

        Agree whole heartedly, and he’s the type of guy that will do it and not even mind. Even though he was chasticed by the fans, he still showed up every day and worked hard (like Alex Smith did) according to the Star media.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          If they can re-structure his deal, it’ll be a good football move. I personally want that guy gone though.

  • chiefridgy

    I’d love to see aj hawk and I like Nelson too.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Yes to Hawk! I think Green Bay’s going to re-sign Brad Jones. If they do, Hawk will be released.

  • micah stephenson

    The free agent QB list is so Horrible that keeping Cassel is starting to look like a real option. The last GM hitched his wagon to Matt Cassel and we see how that turned out. I Wonder if Dorsey is willing to hitch his wagon to a Smith/Cassel/Stanzi/3rd or 4th rd bum QB combo? If so I guess he is gonna learn the hard way like Pioli did. Hitching his Wagon to a Geno Smith/Alex Smith combo is waaaay safer!

    • njjohn


      • micah stephenson

        Did you just fart? I cudnt tell cus yo breath smells the same as when you fart. You need a listerine slurpee with tic tacs sprinkled on top. He got the nerve enough to b yawning when his breath is kickin like karate! I hurd of morning breath but you got month breath. That hot ass breath almost burned up my I phone over the internet.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Just curious if Dorsey would even consider bringing in Micheal Turner to compliment Charles?!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I thought about that too, but Turner’s getting perilously close to “the wall.” In 2012, he wasn’t as effective as he had been in the past.

  • njjohn

    I think they should keep Hillis and give him another year with a real coaching staff.

    • chiefridgy

      Not a bad idea. Although Hillis ran behind the same OL Charles did and with little to no success

      • berttheclock

        HSAs have been known to slow one down a tad.

        • chiefridgy


          • berttheclock

            High Ankle Sprain.

          • chiefridgy


  • Kurt Rauch

    Forget Brandon Myers! There is a window of opportunity that will close very quickly and this one move represents everything that is good about this city and Chiefs football. I’m talking about making a bold move to bring Tony Gonzalez back to Kansas City!
    Why not? It’s a touchdown for everyone and everything: the fans, the city, the organization, ticket sales, promotion, charity, the entire NFL! Heck, Gonzalez is STILL the better prospect of the two Tony TEs.
    Tony G will have to want to do this, but I’m betting that he does. I think it can be reasonably assumed that he feels he has had his ‘shot’ at post season glory; it is very likely that a return to his roots–his one true nfl home–is high on his wish list for the end of his career.
    It is going to be upto the Chiefs’ new management to make the first move, make Tony feel welcome, for this dream to become reality; othewise the idea will fall dead in the MIssouri before it gets afloat. Perhaps as fans we need to get off our hands and start putting this idea into play; lets get the momentum rolling. Calling all twitter accounts; lets start the chatter.
    John Dorsey pick up the phone and make that call! Dare Tony G. to say no.

    • freshmeat62

      I doubt Gonzales would come here if you offered him the team. The reason he wanted traded in the first place was a chance to play in the SB. The Chiefs are still too far away for that.

    • Tyler Alexander

      Not happening. Can’t afford him.

      • Chris Tarrants

        I see it happening next year but he won’t play a game, just sign and retire as a chief type gig

    • Stacy D. Smith

      The Chiefs have more pressing needs than the TE position.
      Give me a younger, cheaper guy there. Or we can draft one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1586278500 John Cunningham

    “Tonight at midnight the “official” NFL free agency period begins.”

    Wait, I thought free agency didn’t officially start until tomorrow at 3pm Arrowhead time?

    • berttheclock

      Yes. Good pickup.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Doesn’t start officially until tomorrow at 4pm EST.

  • thabear04

    If we get Desmond Bryant then he would probably be suspended a couple of game on what he had done.

  • ArrowFan

    I would prefer another ILB a younger one. I also think ILB is are most pressing need currently.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      AJ Hawk or Brad Jones! One of them will be cut.

      • ArrowFan

        Hawk may be a little over rated, but I would take either one. I hope we are some how able to trad out of the number one spot and pick up a decent second round pick out of it and an ILB.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Hawk hasn’t lived up to his draft position, but he’s been a VERY productive player. I’d take him in a heartbeat.


    Agree with all of your FA’s….until the tenth move. I just cannot see Robinson as a safety. And even if we were able to sign Woodson, he might last longer than Robinson does.

  • Matt Finucane

    How dare you suggest restructuring Cassel’s contract? If anything we should pay him more money.

    Seriously though, Cam Campbell is available? My vote is for signing him and letting Cassie take his talents to the private sector.

  • oldchiefsfan

    In all honesty I am enjoying this off season more than I have enjoyed one in quite some time. I like the Chiefs showing some interest in activity in Free Agency and I am feeling pretty good about the direction the team is going. Honestly though I think a big part of it is I am enjoying reading the conversations here and being a part of it. Just saying…..