The Chiefs 10 Biggest Christmas Bargains And 1 Bad Buy

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The 2012 season couldn’t end fast enough for most Kansas City Chiefs fans. Once it was over Clark Hunt went right to work reshaping the team and no sooner had he hired Andy Reid and John Dorsey than the Chiefs began acquiring one new gift for the team after another. Now, eleven months later, on the eve of Christmas week, it’s the perfect time to gauge which gifts were worth it and which gifts should perhaps not have been placed under the “Chiefsmas” tree.


The sources I’m using to make these Christmas day evaluations include: FoxSports and Overthe I’ll mostly be using the Base Salary as a gauge as reported by Over the Cap. Please also note that I’m making their (approximate) “team rank” available next to each name to show how many players they are ranked behind in terms of salary and thus, worth to the team.


So, here then are the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs Christmas bargains… with the #1bust’s thrown in near the end. Enjoy.


The number ten Christmas bargain for the Chiefs in 2013 is…

Screen Shot 2013-12-21 at 12.13.31 AMTE Anthony Fasano for $1,200.000

When Mr. Fasano is not injured he’s been the best TE the Chiefs have had since Tony Gonzales. Now, considering that he’s only appeared in 8 games (out of 14) this year and only has 22 receptions, that says more about the other TEs the Chiefs have had than it does about Fasano. However, in the spirit of true giving… Chiefs fans should give thanks for Fasano not only appearing on the roster but, that Andy Reid and John Dorsey are so committed to the TE position as an integral part of this offense that they went out and signed him and then turned around and drafted a TE in the 2013 NFL Draft in the third round.

Team Pay Rank: 13th

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  • berttheclock

    If there had been room, I would have added Ron Parker as a bargain. It was not that long ago when the past regime merely filled the bottom of the roster with low rent players who brought little worth to the team when asked to perform upon the field of play. Both San Francisco and Seattle have low rent depth which contributes mightily to their teams. Ironically, it was mostly from SF and Seattle where Dorsey plucked his bargain basement priced guys who have played very well for the team. He, also, plucked Johnson, the LB, from the Browns.

    Interesting the comparison made at the Indianapolis Star, this AM, of the Colts and the Chiefs. They even quoted Andy Reid about the worth of Grigson, their GM, in rebuilding his team. Both teams had extreme losing records and the respective owners cleaned house. Both brought in new GMs, Grigson and Dorsey. Both of those added 30 plus new players to their teams, either by drafting, trades or FA and UDFA pickups. Indy was very fortunate to be able to draft Luck. The Chiefs, under the advice of Reid, were very fortunate to grab Alex Smith. The upshot is both Indy and the Chiefs are part of a small list of massive one season turn arounds. In the parity era of the NFL, it shows what can be done by hiring football wise leadership at both the GM and HC positions. For the fans of the Chiefs, hiring both Dorsey and Reid was just a very early Christmas present by Clark Hunt given to the fans. Thank you, Mr Hunt.

    • ladner morse

      Go with “Dona Nobis Pacem.”
      Or if you’re more in a fun mood… “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” … something many of us old time football players an fans can appreciate first hand… or first elbow.

      • berttheclock

        I’ve sort of had a soft spot for “The Tailors Song” Inspirational, but, a touch of levity.

        You know, “Got a brand new pair of pants for Christmas, but, the zipper would not zip, so, the tailor said to me, Joe, “Let it show, let it show, let it show”.

        Old Woodie Woodbury lounge act song.

  • Jacob

    Kind of unrelated…..I really wonder what happened to Flowers. He’s always been a solid DB, but this year he’s been very disappointing. Any ideas?

    • Josh Landers

      I would say that the move into the slot has been the cause. He’s essentially playing a new position, as well as playing outside in the base package. I think if we continue the same strategy next year, he will settle in and return to his usual form. That’s what I’m hoping, anyway. GO CHIEFS!!!

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    nice work Laddie. I will nominate Chase Daniel for a second bad buy. He has been pretty horrible and at 2.35 mil… well the Chiefs should be getting a better performance. Dunta beats him, but I think he is a clear #2.

    • DTVTechGuy

      Chase Daniel pretty horrible? I’m not sure I saw him start a game or even play a significant amount of time in any game and to top it off when he has been I there, he hasn’t been in with the first team offense.

      What exactly have you SEEN that makes him horrible… Just curious?

      • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

        his preseason work. He had one stretch were he looked good, the rest of the time he looked poor. Plus his performance in the Washington game. A QB rating of 29 it’s bad, it’s horrible.

        • DTVTechGuy

          Again… Garbage time and Preseason…

          That’s really what you base your entire opinion of an NFL player on?

          That’s hilarious.

  • micah stephenson

    I had a feeling that was leading up to Alex Smith!!! Wat a waste of my time reading that! Kansas city is something else!!!

    • ladner morse

      Yep, I knew you wouldn’t like that. However, when taking all the improvements into consideration, AS11 is the best value of all the improvements. Look at the alternatives: 1) no existing QB on the roster was a possibility, 2) No draft choices were goign to come in and perform, and 3) AS11 HAS performed very well. No, Alex Smith hasn’t proven he’s one of the best QBs in the league… but he’s far better than you give him credit for and his leadership ability… and ability to get games won… makes him the best VALUE.

    • DTVTechGuy

      To say Alex Smith is a bargain is just stretching it… He’s paid exactly what he’s worth… Starting QB money… Not Elite QB money….

      I actually agree with Micah…. Someone kill me.

  • DTVTechGuy

    Alex Smith isn’t a bargain. Almost 8 Million a year isn’t a bargain, pretty comparable to other second tier QB’s in the League.

    • ladner morse

      Maybe you’d like to go back to Matt Cassel.

      • DTVTechGuy

        I was saying his salary is comparable to other players in the league of the same ilk…
        I didn’t bad mouth AS at all.. As a matter of fact if you actually paid attention to anything anybody else says rather than waiting your turn to talk… You would see that I have engaged our local AS hater on several occasions about how great a QB he is…

        Maybe you’d like to get hooked on phonics?

        • TheBillTheCat

          Gotta love a person who is so full of themselves!
          … it helps to remind me of the value of humility.

          • DTVTechGuy

            I’d rather be arrogant than pretentious.
            Rewarding one’s self for humility by bragging about it is probably the best example of arrogance I can think of and to act like it is genuine humility is the best example of being pretentious.

            Not a fan of people attempting to belittle my opinion by being sarcastic. So I respond with a little of the same. I guess that makes me full of myself and arrogant. But also, honest. So thanks for your opinion, I do value your input. Do you have any insight as to why the original provocateur of this conversation chose to be sarcastic in response to my honest, straight forward statement and therefore illicit a response?

            I don’t turn the other cheek. I’m not that guy.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Robinson is a bust but IMO it would be close between him and butterfingers Avery

    • ladner morse

      As much as I’m disappointed in Avery… he has done some good things and helped to win some games.

    • ladner morse

      However… I’m not sure he’ll be back next season.

  • Michael Enloe

    I wonder what the Chiefs are going to do with Brandon Albert this offseason? I am sure he will be let go.

    I think Dunta Robinson a bust on the field, the Chiefs needed some positive Veteran leadership – something very lacking under the Pioli regime when Vrabel retires after 2010.