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The Free Agency Fix: Chiefs News 3/12

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The news of former Atlanta Falcons CB Dunta Robinson signing a three-year deal with the Chiefs started the conversation on whether he’d be the No. 2 CB or mix in at safety. Some have said his contract isn’t “starter money” which is making others wonder if he’s destined for another position, like safety.

But what kind of player is he? What are his strengths? Weaknesses? Below is a break down of what I saw from Robinson after reviewing his games against the Chiefs, Broncos, Redskins, Panthers and Lions from last season.

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The Kansas City Chiefs were linked to free agent cornerback Sean Smith early in the negotiation period leading up to the start of the new league year, but it looks like they will have to turn their attention in another direction. The Chiefs are interested in adding another cornerback to the roster despite adding Dunta Robinson to the mix and the team could be looking to a former Andy Reid player for their answers.

Smith will likely spark a bidding war as the top free agent corner on the market, which would take him out of the Chiefs price range, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Luckily for the Chiefs, former first-round picks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Antoine Cason and Mike Jenkins are all available and could be had for a discount price. The most interesting option for the Chiefs would be Rodgers-Cromartie who came to the Eagles under Andy Reid in the trade that sent Kevin Kolb to Arizona.

Well, these new guys sure know how to keep us guessing.

When you think they’re going to zig, they zag. For weeks, reports were coming out about unproductive contract negotiations with the Chiefs’ unsigned stars and our new GM’s affinity for the “draft-and-develop” and “best-player-available” approaches. When the new regime traded our 2nd rounder (and more) for QB Alex Smith, it seemed cemented that LT Brandon Albert would be allowed to walk, Bowe would be tagged and denied a long-term deal for another year and the Chiefs would draft the best tackle available.

Then, the team locked up all three of the team’s most important free agents – including Albert – in a day. Chiefs nation rejoiced. This made the offensive linemen a secondary need moving forward and freed our hands to do whatever we pleased in the draft. Then, just as suddenly, the team cut our second-best lineman at the opposite tackle spot.

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When we last left you the Chiefs had yet to sign Dwayne Bowe, Brandon Albert, Dustin Colquitt, or Dunta Robinson, release Eric Winston, or restructure Tyson Jackson‘s contract. All of those things have now happened.

John Dorsey and Andy Reid have not been fooling around when it comes to making decisions about who is on the roster and what should be done with them. They’ve hit home runs on the Bowe, Albert, Colquitt and Jackson signings while causing a controversy with Robinson and Winston – especially Winston. But no one is going to deny that it is clear that the Chiefs front office have a plan and they are going to see it through. And the word “rebuilding” does not appear to have a place in their plan.

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Available names of note: Chase Daniel and Jason Campbell.

Kansas City has already made its move for a quarterback, making the trade for Alex Smith a two weeks before the beginning of free agency. The move is a good one, at least for this year, given what is available in free agency and the draft. There is no one available who would be able to lead the Chiefs to very many wins let alone playoff spot. So at least from a short term perspective, the Chiefs were better served paying the hefty price for Smith.

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