Oct. 29, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback (11) Alex Smith against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Fix: Chiefs News, Free Agency Fallout Edition

Kansas City will make an honest effort to trade Cassel, but it is going to be a tough sell to find a trading partner because of his $7.5 million salary. The Chiefs would like to get back some draft picks after giving up multiple picks to the San Francisco 49ers for Alex Smith.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they will likely end up just cutting Cassel and moving on. It looks like fellow back up Ricky Stanzi could be suffering the same fate.


Fasano will join the Chiefs after spending the last five seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Fasano joins Tony Moeaki to form a tight end tandem that has the potential to do damage in new coach Andy Reid’s West Coast offense. The Chiefs previously attempted to pair Moeki with Kevin Boss, but lingering concussion issues led to Boss’ release.

Fasano set a career high last season with 41 receptions for 332 yards and five touchdowns. His yards-per-catch average plummeted 6 full yards (14.1 to 8.1) in 2012, but that likely was more the product of a more conservative Dolphins offense with rookie Ryan Tannehill behind center. Fasano will be 29 next month.


Former Missouri Tiger and New Orleans Saints backup Chase Daniel took a three-year, $9 million deal to be Alex Smith‘s backup in Kansas City. Daniel had prolific numbers in Missouri’s offense and contended for the Heisman Trophy in 2008. However, he has only attempted nine passes in his career and is very much an unknown product as a NFL quarterback. Still, the signing makes sense because Reid’s offense fits Daniel’s skill set – short, quick passes that are predicated on timing and accuracy. Daniel is not a savior or a franchise quarterback, but he will fill in nicely to in case Smith gets injured for a short period of time.

Kansas City may have fixed their interior run defense on along the defensive line with the signing of DeVito. While he is not a pass rusher, he is a very solid run defender who has had experience with new Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. If he can help hold down the fort in the middle of the line on run defense, it will allow Dontari Poe to move outside on passing downs to rush the quarterback – a position that makes a lot of sense for him.

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“I can assure you we’re a lot better football team this afternoon than we were this morning,” Smith said soon after Gonzalez announced on his Twitter feed he will return to the Falcons for the 2013 season.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the new contract for Gonzalez “is not done but it will be done quickly.”

Gonzalez decided “to give it one more shot” after talking with his family.

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Daniel’s first college game was at Arrowhead Stadium in 2005, when Missouri beat Arkansas State. He went on to pile up big stats for the Tigers in his three years as the starting quarterback, leading MU to consecutive Big 12 North Division championships in 2007 and 2008.

But Daniel is otherwise a little bit of a curious choice for the Chiefs. He’s only 6 feet tall, which is short for a NFL quarterback. He was undrafted out of Missouri.

Daniel made no starts in his four seasons with New Orleans, where he backed up Drew Brees, and threw just nine passes.

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  • chiefridgy

    I slept on it and I still like all the moves the chiefs made yesterday.

    • micah stephenson

      The moves where ok but they didnt sign anybody off of my free agent wish list. The paying Chase Daniels 9-10 mill for 3 yrs is very questionable!

      • chiefridgy

        It is a steep price

      • Michael Shaw

        It is a steep price, which makes me wonder if they are expecting him to take over from Alex in a couple of years????

  • micah stephenson

    Wow! I cant believe it!!!! We can finally get the best QB (Geno Smith) and we might pass it up! Wow! Now Nick Athen of warpaint illustrated was just on 610 radio saying that NY, Philly, Buf, Arz wants to trade up for Geno! Oak is saying if Geno is on the board at 3 they wud love him! Wow everyone but KC fans are thinking he is worth the 1st overall pick. Bye bye young dynamic QBOTF! :( at least we will b able to get our 2nd rd pick back. Are the chiefs really dumb enuff to pass up geno and only get a 2 nd rd pick for trading down instead of 2 1st like the other 31 teams wud want.

    • njjohn

      You must either BE Geno Smith or his agent. That, or simply obsessed.

      • micah stephenson

        That wud b kinda cool if I was Geno Smith! If I was Geno and the Chiefs passed me up, I wud hope Oak drafted me so I can beat the shit out of the chiefs twice a yr for passing me up!

        • njjohn

          From the looks of things, Oakland could have Tom Brady with Peyton Manning as his back-up and they ain’t going to beat the shit out of anyone!

          • micah stephenson

            Wen was the last time the Chiefs beat oak at arrowhead?

  • http://www.facebook.com/msannairene Anna Irene Mendoza

    Geno Smith is not the best available Quarterback… When he gets drafted by someone and gets put in the starting position somewhere you will see… He isn’t ready. If he was The Chiefs would be after him and they arn’t. There is a reason for that. For the time being I am trusting the moves the front office is making.

    • micah stephenson

      They said the same thing about Cam Newton, RG3, & Russel Wilson. Times are different now. These QBs are adjusting to the NFL alot faster nowdays. And if Geno dont come out passing for 500 yards a game and 5 TDs a game in his 1st 3 or 4 games I dont want to hear that I told you he sucks stuff!

      • TAZMOSIS

        Y’a got that one wrong, amigo. Cam, and RG were both 1 or 2 and drafted to come in and start. It didn’t take Seattle long to see that Wilson was the real deal. As for Geno, I wish him well, just not agains us or in our division. As for the 500/5 stats, don’t hold your breath.

        • micah stephenson

          The point is at 1st it was he aint ready and its gone take awhile for him to get ready. Same thing with RG3, at 1st it was he plays in the big 12, & most his passes are screen passes, and he didnt hav a good bowl game. Then as the draft got closer they started sayin mayby these guys can play. Same thing is happening with Geno. At first the “so called” experts said he aint worth #1. Now the real experts(NY, Oak, Philly, Arz, Buf) are wanting to trade up for Geno!

          • TAZMOSIS

            I just want to see one of these teams trade up to get him. Let’s say that Philly trades up, and we get their first and maybe a third. Then, the Cards trade up to our first from Philly, and we get their 7 and another third. Now, it gets the Chiefs going. That may not happen, but I really believe that someone is gonna want Geno bad enough that we get some real chips in this poker game.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Like our FA acquisitions so far. Definitely filling needs and depth. No WOW signings. We have to trust our new leaders that they know what the heck they are doing. As far as G Smith I let everyone know I am taking him and best trade offer wins. What about SF?? With all their picks they could give us what we want. I sat try to trade Hali and Berry or restructure. I would like to see Baldwin gain 30 lbs and play TE. I want a much more aggressive Def. no 3 man rush on 3rd and 15. Blitz!! Use DJs speed!! Sick and tired of people saying a QB cant throw a deep ball. If they never call a deep pass then how do you know. Barkley supp lacks arm strength but i saw to TDs last year ball went 70 yds in air. My philosophy is throw at least one deep ball per qtr. either long reception, pass int!! Have faith Chiefs fans!!

  • njjohn

    So far, I give the Chiefs a solid A for the work they’re doing in FA. They’re not out signing the big names, spending gobs of money. They’re getting “tier B” players that by all accounts seem solid and add both depth, and fill holes that this team, which has a lot of talent already has.
    That, on top of the fact that their first priority, other than getting a solid QB was taking care of their own players. Top rate job by a staff by all appearances knows what they are doing.

    • Michael Shaw

      I would say what they spent on Chase would qualify as spending gobs of money for a backup. I don’t think Cassel got paid that much to back up Brady.

      • njjohn

        That is the most curious move they’ve made, I agree. I don’t know about “gobs” and Cassel wasn’t Quinns “back-up”. That, however, doesn’t matter anymore. It’s no longer Cassel-Quinn, or Stanzi, as he will be the next out the door. Now it’s Smith (the right one)-Daniel, and whoever they draft.

      • toperspective

        I think they probably overpaid for all of their signings. That’s standard if you’re playing on day 1 of free agency. However, they had the cap room and hopefully these are the guys they really wanted.

  • Michael Shaw

    Paddy have you heard the final answer on what we actually gave SF for Alex? In writing, not speculation from the talking heads at NFL.com or ESPN.

  • http://twitter.com/EdMaldo1 Don Quijote

    Move on fans. Geno is not a number 1 pick. He is not coming to KC nor we want him. If we are that bad this year, then next year you get Johnny Football. Sign Avery, cut Baldwin, and get CB Smith. OT Luck L will be our number one pick.
    Go Chiefsssssss

  • freshmeat62

    It looks to me like Dorsey/Reid have no intention of making a big splash, but are just trying to build a solid foundation thru FAgncy. Try for an 8-8 team the first year, and improve each year thru the draft. They can see that the talent isn’t available this year in either FAgncy or the draft to build a playoff team their 1st year. It seems to me that these salaries are a bit high, but the Chiefs do have the cap room to pay it now, and these 3-4-5 year contracts can be ended at their discretion at any time, when someone better is found. It may take a year longer to make the playoffs, but in the long run the team will be more solid for a longer run in the playoffs. I like it.