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Chiefs Free Agency 2013: Who Are The New Guys?


The Kansas City Chiefs have been super busy so far in NF Free Agency.

Thankfully, Arrowhead Addict is a ember of the awesome FanSided network of sports sites. That means I was able to reach out to some of my fellow FanSided editors to get the skinny on some of our new Chiefs.

Here is what they had to say:

Ryan Sakamoto, Niner Noise on Alex Smith:

In Alex Smith the Chiefs are getting a serviceable quarterback with a good head on his shoulders. He will not “wow” you but good enough to get the job done and win.

He does not have the ability to throw the deep ball 30-40 yards down the field, but he doesn’t have to considering Andy Reid will be running the WCO.

Smith will get you a stat line of around 20-25 touchdown and 10-14 interceptions. He will not be a Pro-Bowler but better rather a solid starter.

Alan Schechter, The Jet Press on Mike DeVito:

Here’s some info on Mike DeVito for you……..you and the “Addicts” will love him. Great lunch pail guy, works hard, plays far above his ability. He is a run stopper
you won’t see him do too much on passing downs.

God bless you guys for overpaying him like that though….nice player….

Brian Miller, Phin Phanatic on Anthony Fasano:

The Kansas City Chiefs got a really good team player to play TE for their offense. 16 million buys a lot but it won’t likely be happiness from the Chiefs fan base. I have been following Fasano since before he came to Miami while in Dallas. He was my predicted first choice of the then Bill Parcells era and sure enough on the eve of that draft, Anthony Fasano was traded to Miami. I couldn’t have been more thrilled.

Fasano is a big TE with a lot of physical ability. He is a very solid blocking TE and in Miami he was used more often than not as a blocker. While the highlight reel for Fasano will show great one handed grabs, diving catches, and amazing ability to twist while in the air and stay focused, the reality is that Fasano has been far too inconsistent over the years in the passing game to truly get excited about. While he can make the great catches, he often drops the ones he should catch.

Fasano is able to use his body well enough to shield off defenders but he does not possess speed to be a legit seam threat off the line. In addition, Fasano does not run crisp routes. He needs room to work and when he has it he is very good but still erratic. All of that being said, Fasano has been a stellar locker room player and while he isn’t a loud vocal leader, he leads in other ways. He has a great work ethic and is not a player who will throw his team under the bus.

All in all, personally, I will miss seeing Fasano on the sideline. I have a used practice jersey and one of his face-masks and he was pretty close to my favorite player on the roster due to his fight and drive to be better. While I’m sad to see him go, I admittedly understand that the Dolphins needed to upgrade the position.

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  • micah stephenson

    Smith will get you a stat line of around 20-25 touchdown and 10-14 interceptions. He will not be a Pro-Bowler…. Hmmm the most TDs A.Smith has had n a season is 18 so he must b planning on having a career yr. A.Smith wont make the pro bowl? Wow, even Cassel made it to the pro bowl. Lol. Is it too Late to Get Geno Smith?

    • jesse

      you suck as a fan. honestly. Andy Reid has proven.to be a waay better head coach than Crennel and look at Green Bays talent. These 2 know what theyre doing, unlike some armchair coach. Smith is an obvious upgrade and has won.in the playoffs. the only reason he didnt go to the superbowl last year was a special teams fuck up. 49ers receivers arent even that amazing. you can.have your opinion, its your rigjt. but honestly, you dont have a clue.

      • micah stephenson

        How do I suck as a fan by wanting my team to do wat it takes to have a chance to win the superbowl yr after yr after yr? I agree Ried is waaaay better than Cronnel. Green Bay always had a QB. Drafting A.Rogers who has a similer skill set as Geno Smith even wen they already had Farve. I wonder will he draft Geno even tho we hav Alex. Smith is an ovious but only slight upgrade over Cassel. And its a team game. Ether Smith made it or he didnt.

      • TAZMOSIS

        God, I am just sick to have to keep repeating myself. It it weren’t for two complete Kyle Williams brain farts two years ago, and a concussion last year, Alex Smith would have been in two Super Bowls and looking for a 100 mil. contract. Jeeeeze, Micah. Get a grip!

      • Justin Jones

        im so sick of hearing about geno. its time to get behind ur team. smith will do good. if reid and dorsey had seen anything amazing from geno or others at the combine then why did they leave there and immediately go talk to the niners. geno is a risky gamble and lost alot of games last year. lets move on and support our team.

      • Justin R Groth

        Jesse calm down man. First) Micah disagrees with the call to bring in Alex Smith (I happen to agree with him on this) he is very vocal about it however he has the same right to be vocal about his disapproval of this move as the SOC movement had to ask for Pioli to be fired and Cassel to be benched.
        Second) NO GAME IS WON OR LOSE ON ONE PLAY that totally takes away from the players of BOTH teams.
        Third) I think Micah does have a clue, because you should NEVER and I do mean NEVER follow someone without first understanding FULLY the motives of their actions. Since Micah (and many MANY other fans) have a hard time doing that with the new regime, then they are right to be questioned it is now Reid and Dorsey’s jobs to prove fans like Micah and me wrong (especially after getting Cassel 2.0 and cutting Winston).
        Fourth) Smith is an OBVIOUS upgrade to Cassel however BOTH QB’s are game managers and BOTH QB’s have had their ups and downs in the NFL depending on how they were used. (The reason I call Smith Cassel 2.0 is because he has many of the same limitations physically and the same excuses of poor play, yes i think he is BETTER than Cassel in fact i think he is twice the qb Cassel hence the 2.0 however i personally am tired of game managers)
        Fifth and Final) Kansas City Chiefs are in Kansas City MO in other words i will be a skeptically optimistic fan until Smith, Dorsey, Ried, and all the free agents they slightly overpaid for (which really minus the obese contracts look a lot like Pioli signing to me) SHOW ME!!!

        Thank you and I hope you do not in any way shape or form take this in a personal way because this was simply to show you and all the other fans who say people like me and Micah are not fans or bad fans because we aren’t ecstatic getting a QB who has comparable stats to the one we had last year over their NFL careers, and believe only looking at select years of ones career is wrong. Have a good night . :)

        • jesse

          its just absolutely ridiculous to assume Geno Smith is better than.Alex Smith. for a few reasons. Alex Smith was a number 1 pick and geno smith isnt considered first round talent by lots of “experts”. Alex Smith has proven that he can win in the Nfl and the playoffs. Geno Smith hasnt played one snap. And Andy Reid, who made jeff garcia and kevin kolb look good, has wanted alex smith to play for him for years. not geno smith. Now he could be better, I dont know. But this talk that comes off as alex smith sucks and shouldnt be our quarterback is ridiculous. like i said, you have your right to say whatever you want to. But bad mouthing our starter quarterback before he has had a chance to put on a chiefs uniform , a guy who said we were his first choice, and a guy that helped lead his team to the playoffs 2 years in a row, doesnt show being a good fan. like people giving Chase Daniel crap, its not his fault drew brees stayed healthy. he was very good in college, he just needs to prove himself. maybe he will, maybe he wont. maybe you guys are just emotional. But as part of this fan.base, im a little embarassed that he is already getting harassed over some unproven rookie. its annoying that some people talk like they know what Geno Smith will bring, they have noooo.idea. i dont take it personally, seriously. its just, cassel 2.0 makes sense only because of the 2nd round pick. Smith is a winner. He started in college, he came to a shitty team, had 7 different ocs right?, and has brought that team to a superbowl contender. kapernick just took them the rest of the way because smith got hurt. Im pumped and excited that this new regime is getting the peices they want, aggressively, and we now have a quarterback that took a team with pretty average receivers and helped make them contenders. We have Bowe and Baldwin who i think suffered from bad qb play and them targeting bowe 90% of the time. the dude is very athletic, and hopefully he develops. plus mccluster and wylie and avery underneath. not all elite but neither was the 49ers team save Vernon Davis. plus we have an amazing run game. wow, i typed a lot lol. kinda just let it flow

          • Justin R Groth

            The idea isn’t that Geno is better than Alex but that he COULD BE better. Alex was once worthy of a number one pick but would you pick him over Rodgers? However that is irrelevant, we have seen what Alex can do and to be honest many find it wanting, however we have not seen what Geno can do, his floor is pretty high however its his CEILING I am impressed with. Alex will not get better we can only hope he stays stagnant and does not regress back to how he was before Harbraugh (who should get credit for the 49ers rise).

      • sidibeke

        And Micah by all accounts is a great fan. Love reading his comments even if I don’t agree with them.

        • micah stephenson

          Thanks. I just want my team to stop just trying to get by and start b n the best it can b.

    • http://powellbailbonds.weebly.com/ big chief

      Lol, you’re going to where out the Geno drum you’re beating.

      • micah stephenson

        Yes I am! Lol

        • Michael Shaw

          Starting to think it isn’t a drum he is beating………………….

    • http://www.facebook.com/genemyuk Gene Yuknis

      get over the geno thing already!!! time to wake up

  • micah stephenson

    He does not have the ability to throw the deep ball 30-40 yards down the field, but he doesn’t have to considering Andy Reid will be running the WCO…..Now what it shud hav said is…..He does not have the ability to throw the deep ball 30-40 yards down the field, but he doesn’t have to considering the Chiefs wrs dont ever get open 30-40 yards down field! Lol.

    • Michael Shaw

      Now that IS funny. Micah I want you on here eating crow when the time comes man!! LOL! And yes, if he sucks I will be doing more than eating crow I will be calling for Chase to take the field!!!!

      • micah stephenson

        Lol. Im still eating crow from Cassel. Thats why Im so nervous about jumping on the A.Smith bandwagon.

  • micah stephenson

    In Alex Smith the Chiefs are getting a serviceable quarterback with a good head on his shoulders…….SERVICEABLE! WTF IS SERVICEABLE! I want a QB with a Cannon of an arm like Geno!

  • micah stephenson

    Alex Smith will not “wow” you……If that aint the understatement of the yr!!! Lol. Geno Smith will WOW you.

    • Michael Shaw

      Not for a couple of years he won’t!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/iammevictor Victor Hirst

      Jeez, shut up with the downing a qb that’s done well the last few years and upping a qb that’s not even in the league yet.

      And if you think Alex can’t throw the deep ball he can. Not what he’s known for but compared to OMIGODIDROPPEDTHEBALLAGAIN Cassel he’s an upgrade. Check out the video I linked. Now would ya take that or say it’s not a decent bomb and throw it out with his 70% completion rate last year?

      http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d824bc487/Smith-goes-deep-for-Crabtree-for-52-yard-TD

      • sidibeke

        I think you’re confusing OMIGODIDROPPEDTHEBALLAGAIN Kreig with OMIGODTHEDIS5FEETAWAYIBETTERTAPDANCE Cassel.

      • micah stephenson

        Explain A.Smiths 7.5 yards per pass att for his career. That sounds more like a Dink and Dunk type QB and not a deep baller to me.

  • unclejesse40

    Good coaches and GM’s get the right guys that fit the system that their team runs. The more I hear about the system that Reid runs on Offense and Defense makes me think that the guys they are bringing in make sense. If you are going to run a west coast system, you need west coast style guys. you dont need a QB that can wing it 70 yards down field. Smith is going to be fine, Pro Bowl I doubt it but if he throws 25 tds and throws 10-15 ints next year I will be ok with that because Charles is going to blow up under Reids system even more than in the past. I would rather the Chiefs keep with the tier 2 signings and bring in more guys to compete than to go out and make big investments in guys that potenitally could strap us in later years.

    • micah stephenson

      I kinda thought J.Charles was ALREADY blown up. He just surpassed Jim browns career yards per carry avg on on a team wit no QB and 11 men staring at him before the snap. Wat does my boy hav to do to get any credit? Lol

      • Michael Shaw

        I think he was giving him credit. He was just mentioning that JC might have a bigger year than he did in 2010!!!!!! Which I would love to see him hit the 2K record before AP!!!!!! I think he could even break the single game record this year!!!!! GO JC!!!!!

        • unclejesse40

          Yep that is exactly what I meant. Charles is a freakin stud and I think in this new system he is going to go crazy. I could see 1,000+ rushing yards to go along with 1,000 receiving yards.

    • toperspective

      All well and true but it does seem like they are overpaying for everyone

      • Wade Collins

        and a short time ago “they” were “skinflints”, were “they” not?

        • toperspective

          Funny how that works. Damned if you do and……

        • sidibeke

          Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if we overpay until we try to fill a roster hole but can’t because of cap space. We could still use a CB and an ILB, assuming we take a OTackle with #1.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Fasano doesn’t drop passes as often as Miller made it sound. He caught 41 balls in 2012 and wasn’t credited with a single drop.

    • micah stephenson

      On 610 radio they had a guy on who covered the dolphins games, & he kept saying how good of a blocker he was but he cudnt seperate from LBs. He kept on saying his blocking is all this and all that but he is definatly not a threat up the seam like the new shcool TE. He did say Fasano might b the best #2 TE besides A.Hernandez which suprised me. Its a wait and see move.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        He’s lost a step, but he was never a guy who was going to beat you up the seam anyway. He’s not a super athletic guy. He’s a great run blocker and he has superb hands. He’s also a guy that won’t miss many games. I have no concerns that he won’t earn that contract.

  • Priest4Prez

    Besides Fasano…this is kind of a bummer to hear. I’m trying to be hopeful damnit!! Way to be a buzz kill; if Welker gets signed to the Wanko’s….whooo boy we’ll be in trouble

    • toperspective

      you’re right…buzz kill. Oh well….trust in Dorsey….for 2013 at least

    • micah stephenson

      O yea. Welker just signed with the broncos! Lol

      • Michael Shaw

        Micah you had BETTER be joking on this one!!!!!!

        • Michael Shaw

          Damn! Just saw the news that you WEREN’T joking!!! Damn it!!!!!

          • micah stephenson

            Lol

  • Dr. Paine

    Overpaying is how it works early in free agency if you want to secure some talent. As the wise Baldinger pointed out, you’re filling holes on your roster who have shown they can get it done at the NFL level. If you haven’t noticed, the bottom of our roster has been horrid for years with no depth at many key positions, and this is completely overlooking the Shane Palko’s we’ve been throwing out there at QB.

    It’s easy at this point to look at contract numbers and say “this is too much” and that’s what I understand was Pioli’s old method. “Substance over sizzle” really was a euphemism for trying to appear to be a genius at running personnel while really stocking the roster with cheap players that weren’t particularly good when called upon. If Hunt, Dorsey, and Reid don’t seem to mind paying people money, neither do I. As long as we win. Lets see if anybody Chiefs fans care midseason what the players make if we’re winning games. If not, then well…..

    • Michael Shaw

      Who is Shane Palko? I thought he was Tyler Palko?

      • Dr. Paine

        Shane Palko is Keanu Reeves in the movie “The Replacements” but I understand how that could have been misunderstood lol

        • Justin R Groth

          No Shane Falco was the sentinels qb :)

          • Dr. Paine

            Epic fail on my part haha

          • Justin R Groth

            that’s alright “The Replacements” is one favorite movies so i couldn’t help it.

    • berttheclock

      Except for Lewis and Mr Irreleant, the Chiefs under Pioli did not draft well in the lower rounds. Meanwhile, Trent Baalke, who can recognize talent filled his roster with 4 from the 4th round, 4 from the 5th, 5 from the 6th and 4 from the 7th. All of them were SF picks, plus, 9 UFAs. Nine SF 1st rounders, 2 2nds and 3 3rds. Solid team built with savvy. With Pioli, it was such as taking two 5th rounders in Stanzi and Gabe Miller, while overlooking both Denarius Moore and Richard Sherman. John Dorsey learned from Ted Thompson how to evaluate talent, especially, in the lower rounds and UFAs. Look for more depth to be added by Dorsey to the Chiefs at a lower price.

      • Dr. Paine

        I agree completely, and we can’t forget the likes of TJax at #3, Alex Mcgee high in the 3rd (coincidentally passing on Mike Wallace who recently got PAID), Donald Washington high in the 4th, Colin Brown in the 5th…basically a completely trash 2009 NFL draft with that draft position created a deficit of talent (3 years later when you need that draft class to be realistically developed) to overcome as we begrudgingly witnessed last year. I think I still have nightmares

  • Brandon g

    Just when I thought we could take over AFC West the broncos sign Wes Welker. Now here we go playing catch up to the broncos. I thought or secondary could keep up but with this signing I see we need either drc or reevis. Our secondary can not keep up with denvers offense office. Atleast I don’t think so.

    • Michael Shaw

      You have GOT to be effing kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Damn Donkeys!!!

      • Brandon g

        Can’t keep up with scoring with them not good enough defense to stop the pass, he will throw all over the fields on the d now

    • sidibeke

      And it looks like they’re primed to sign Rogers-Cromartie or Asmougha. Elway’s getting the job done in Den.

      • Brandon g

        So what do you think? Do you think if they sign either that we will have a chance this year? What do we need to do to be better than them?

  • Dr. Paine

    BTW in reference to what I think of “overpaying,” I’m not considering outliers overlooking clearly ridiculous, ludicrous contracts for the “blockbuster” free agents i.e. Ellerbe getting 35 mil at ILB and Mike Wallace getting 60 mil. Unfortunately, the NFL is more about the money and less about the football every year. Ce la vie

  • Priest4Prez

    Bronco’s just signed Welker all I can say is….AAAAHHHHH!!! Now we need Pollard to smash that little runt over the middle

    • Brandon g

      I know I think if we get Drc, Reevis, or Brent Grimes, and maybe Pollard we could possibly keep up maybe I hope. But then our offense can’t keep up with scoring with them

  • berttheclock

    Ebb and flow in the NFL. Remember, it was only short time ago when the NFC West was the weak link. Seattle going to the play offs with a 7-9 record and the Cardinals heading to the SB with a 9-7. Now, with the new GMs and HCs installed in both Seattle and San Francisco, the road to the SB through the NFL does go through both of those cities.
    Meanwhile, the AFC West became the weak division. With Elway taking command and bringing Fox (Plus, adding PM), Denver became a power. The Chargers have made a very good decision for regime change at the top, as well as the Chiefs. Both of these teams will be far better. Oakland, which has been really set back by very poor drafts and over paying players has become a nightmare for McKenzie and his fine young HC to overcome, but, they will. With that the AFC West will see far better days as a division.
    Now, get some more defensive backs and someone to force PM to have to throw while lying flat on his back.