Perhaps the Chiefs’ greatest remaining need is to find a replacement for the late Jovan Belcher at the inside linebacker spot opposite All-Pro Derrick Johnson. Finding a solid veteran that is strong against the run would enable the Chiefs to let Johnson do what he does best, which is freelance and make big plays.
Here is a list of five viable options that could prove to be solid bargains late in free agency and would allow the Chiefs to find the final piece to their defensive puzzle.
“When I received the call, I could tell in the voice of the person that something was wrong,” said Kasandra’s mother, Becky Gonzalez. “I asked them are they about to tell me something bad? And they said, ‘yes.’”
“I tried to prepare myself and think of the worst thing that could happen. The thing that came to my mind was losing my child, and that’s what she said. So my worst nightmare came true.”
Kasandra’s mother never saw it coming, and never dreamed that she would be saying goodbye to her daughter at such a young age.
“It just devastated our family,” Gonzalez said. “She was precious to us and a friend to everyone, and it’s changed us forever. And now we have a little girl to raise.”
Three month old Zoey will grow up with no parents.
“I see my daughter in [Zoey's] eyes, and that brings me joy, and I know that she’s continuing on through her daughter,” Gonzalez said. “I don’t know how anybody could, who loved their child, could put them in that type of position. Obviously he must have felt he didn’t have another choice.”
The Chiefs and Albert are free to negotiate a longer term contract. If they fail to reach an agreement, the future for the Chiefs at a most important position remains uncertain. For that reason, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if the Chiefs draft either of two tackles, Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher, with the first overall pick in the draft next month.
Both players are generally considered to be among the top prospects available in the draft.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid had high praise for Albert in an interview earlier this week, calling Albert “a Pro Bowl caliber left tackle.’’
A converted offensive tackle, Maneri was not tendered as an exclusive rights free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs after he appeared in 13 games and made eight starts in 2012. Maneri, 6-6, 280 pounds, was an undrafted free agent in 2010 from Temple when he signed with the Texans. He also spent time with the New England Patriots and made it to the Chiefs in 2011. In Kansas City, he was converted to tight end last offseason and excelled in a role as a blocker, what the Bears had Spaeth on the roster to do. Maneri, 25, made five receptions for 51 yards last season. He has appeared in 19 games and has nine career starts.