The Chiefs have aggressively remolded their defensive backfield this offseason, luring free agents Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith to compete for the cornerback job opposite Brandon Flowers. They also picked Georgia defensive back Sanders Commings in the fifth round of last weekend’s draft.
It’s possible that Commings could shift from cornerback to safety.
The Chiefs also drafted a fullback in the sixth round in Braden Wilson, who played nearby at Kansas State. But that evidently didn’t deter new general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid from acquiring Sherman from the Cardinals.
“A personnel guy’s job is never done, but right now I feel pretty good about going into camp,” Dorsey said recently. “For the most part, I feel like the way we are going to camp, we are 95 percent there. This is kind of the way we are going to go to camp.”
The Chiefs meanwhile now have a crowd at fullback. Patrick DiMarco, last year’s regular, returns. The Chiefs also selected Braden Wilson of Kansas State in the sixth round of the draft last week.
The 5-feet-10, 242-pound Sherman was drafted from Connecticut by the Cardinals in the fifth round in 2011. He started 11 games for Arizona in two seasons, but was mostly a blocker and special teams player. He had just one rushing attempt and caught 13 passes.
The two sides will have until July 15 to agree.
It will be interesting to see whether the Chiefs will attempt to negotiate Albert’s contract as a left tackle or right tackle. With No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher coming in to town, it would be tough to invest a lot of money in both tackles if one will be unhappy with the position.
On a bright note, new head coach Andy Reid values both tackle positions the same and both Albert and Fisher will be a big part of the team moving forward.
The Kansas City Chiefs passing defense ranked 12th in the league last season, allowing 220.8 yards per game.
Enter new Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who will implement his version of the 3-4 scheme, tailored specifically to his players’ strengths. Two of the guys brought in to help in coach Sutton’s secondary are cornerbacks Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith.
“A lot of it is on us in this defense,” Chiefs CB Dunta Robinson said.
“The linebackers trust us to hold up and play a lot of man-to-man on the outside. This is what you sign up for, you want the toughest task. I don’t know any corner in this league that doesn’t want the toughest task on the field. You want to go out there and show everybody that this defense works because you go out, you perform the way you do, out on the edge. So, it’s going to be a defense with a lot of movement, a lot of pressure.”
However, the Chiefs made a startling move today by trading CB Javier Arenas to Arizona in exchange for Sherman. The trade doesn’t necessarily indicate Kansas City is determined for someone else to win the spot over Wilson – the Chiefs have been beefing up their secondary all summer and Arenas was probably on the chopping block anyway. Sherman was simply the best player they could trade for. Yet best deal or not, the roster move certainly complicates things for a player that tens of thousands of fans were hoping to watch play Sundays at Arrowhead. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on this and other training camp battles around the league as the summer progresses.