2014 Kansas City Chiefs: The First Free Agency Outlook

Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; General view of the Arrowhead Stadium before the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; General view of the Arrowhead Stadium before the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs’ season is now fully in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look at what comes next. While the NFL is still in the middle of the post season and the Superbowl is yet to be played out, you can bet that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey are in full scouting mode and taking a look at who they would like to add to their roster next season.

Generally, this time of year Addicts are looking forward to the NFL Draft and all the fanfare that comes with that. However, one of my favorite times of the offseason is the NFL Free Agent Frenzy.

In regards to free agency, there are a couple of important dates to remember:

February 17 is the first day that teams can designate a player their “franchise player” and thus saddle him with the “franchise tag.”

March 8-11 teams can begin to negotiate with the agent of any player who will become an unrestritced free agent on when their contract expires at the end of the league year at 4:00 PM EST on March 11.

March 11 Free Agency begins. All unrestricted free agents are allowed to sign with any club.

Free agency one of two ways to fill needs on a football team. I love it because of all the “breaking news” and “this player is signing with this team” and so on that goes with the time. I am literally glued to my Twitter feed for the first two or three days, getting the latest and greatest.

After the turnaround that was the 2013 season — where the Chiefs went 11-5 with a playoff appearance after posting only two wins in 2012 — there are still some very evident holes to fill. Some of those will be addressed in the NFL Draft with a new crop of rookies, but some of those holes will be filled using free agency.

These are the three biggest needs I see for the Chiefs heading into the offseason:

1. Wide Receiver

The Chiefs are in desparate need of a legitimate wide out that can start opposite of Dwayne Bowe, stretch the field and take some pressure off of the Chiefs #1 WR. During this past preseason, the former Chief, now San Francisco 49er Jon Baldwin got all the WR2 reps only to be replaced by Donnie Avery. Avery shined in places, but never really caught on as the “go-to” guy. Inconsistency at the wide receiver position was evident all year, and accounted for much of the reason the offense was slow to start the 2013 season.

My #1 Free Agent Target: Jeremy Maclin, Philadelpia Eagles

2. Free Safety

Kendrick Lewis and Dunta Robinson will likely not be re-signed to this football team. If they are, there may be an out-and-out riot. That will leave a gaping hole at the free safety position next to Eric Berry. The Chiefs would be smart to look at safeties from both positions — strong and free — to sign in the offseason. This is a huge need for the Chiefs unless they truly think Sanders Commings is the answer at this spot.

My #1: Free Agent Target: Jarius Byrd, Buffalo Bills

3. Defensive Line

With Tyson Jackson potentially leaving in free agency, this could be a position of need. The Chiefs would do well to find a guy that can help Mike Devito and Dontari Poe shore up the run defense of the Chiefs front seven.

My #1 Target: Tyson Jackson, Kansas City Chiefs

4. Tight End

It seems that along with a playoff curse, there is also a curse involving the tight end position. The Chiefs have drafted tight ends before the fourth round twice in the last three years and brought in others via free agency, and still there is no help in sight. Former Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki was thought to be the future, as was Travis Kelce, drafted this year. Both players spent significant time on injured reserve and were no help to the Chiefs. Anthony Fasano while showing flashes, spent time on the injury report as well. The Chiefs need to get a pass-catching tight end who can aid in Reid’s offense.

My #1 Target: Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens

5. Offensive Line

I think the Chiefs will likely allow Branden Albert to walk. If that happens, most likely, Donald Stephenson and Eric Fisher will bookend as starting tackles. The Chiefs are going to need to bring in more depth to plug in behind them as well as likely guards Jeff Allen and Geoff Schwartz.

My #1 Target: Michael Oher, Baltimore Ravens

Below I’ve taken every team in the league and listed their “Key Free Agents.” Keep in mind, these don’t include every player that will hit free agency this year, just the players I consider “key” to the team.

As you look through the list, I’d love to hear your comments on who may or may not fill some of these voids.

AFC WEST

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 Key Free Agents:

Branden Albert – LT, Tyson Jackson – DE, Jon Asamoah – G, Dexter McCluster – WR, Kendrick Lewis – FS, Geoff Schwartz – OL, Frank Zombo – OLB, Akeem Jordan – ILB, Thomas Gafford – LS, Hussain Abdullah – S, Quintin Demps – S, Anthony Toribio – DE, Kyle Williams – WR

 

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Key Free Agents:

Knowshon Moreno – RB, Wesley Woodyard – OLB, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – CB, Robert Ayers – DE, Eric Decker – WR, Andre Caldwell – WR, Chris Harris – CB, Trindon Holliday – KR

 

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Key Free Agents:

Seji Ajirotutu – WR, Ronnie Brown – RB, Larry English – OLB, Chad Rinehart – G, Cam Thomas – DT, Charlie Whitehurst – QB

 

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Key Free Agents:

Darren McFadden – RB, Vance Walker – DT, Charles Woodson – S, Jared Veldheer – LT, Mike Jenkins – CB, Jacoby Ford – WR, Tracy Porter – CB, Lamarr Houston – DE, Rashad Jennings – RB

 

AFC EAST

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Key Free Agents:

Aqib Talib – CB, Ryan Wendell – C, Will Svitek – LT, LeGarrette Blount – RB, Julian Edelman – WR, Austin Collie – WR

 

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Key Free Agents:

Austin Howard – RT, Jueff Cumberland – TE, Willie Colon – G, Nick Folk – K, Kellen Winslow – TE, Ed Reed – S

 

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Key Free Agents:

Randy Starks – DT, Paul Soliai – DT, Brent Grimes – CB, Richie Incognito – G, Dustin Keller – TE, Tyson Clabo – RT, Chris Clemons – S, John Jerry – G, Christopher Owens – CB

 

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Key Free Agents:

Jairus Byrd – S, Scott Chandler – TE, Arthur Moats – ILB, Jim Leonhard – S

 

AFC NORTH

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Key Free Agents:

Michael Johnson – DE, Tank Johnson – DT, Anthony Collins – LT, Alex Smith – TE, Brandon Ghee – CB

 

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Key Free Agents:

Brett Keisel – DE, Ryan Clark – S, Evander Hood – DE, Emmanuel Sanders – WR, Jerricho Cotchery – WR

 

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Key Free Agents:

Michael Oher – RT, Jacoby Jones – WR, Corey Graham – CB, Dennis Pitta – TE, Arthur Jones – DE, Ed Dickson – TE, Daryl Smith – ILB, Jeromy Miles – S

 

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Key Free Agents:

Alex Mack – C, Shawn Lauvao – G, T.J. Ward – S, Billy Cundiff – K

 

AFC SOUTH

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Key Free Agents:

Antoine Bethea – S, Adam Vinatieri – K, Pat McAfee – P, Donald Brown – RB, Darrius Heyward-Bey – WR, Mike McGlynn – G, Ahmad Bradshaw – RB, Vontae Davis – CB, Jeff Linkenbach – G, Cassius Vaughn – CB, Patrick Angerer – ILB

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Key Free Agents:

Michael Otto – LT, Bernard Pollard – S, Kenny Britt – WR, Damian Williams – WR, Robert Turner – C, Ropati Pitoitua – DE, Marc Mariani – WR

 

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Key Free Agents:

Maurice Jones-Drew – RB, Chad Henne – QB, Brad Meester – C

 

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Key Free Agents:

Antonio Smith – DE, Wade Smith – G, Joe Mays – ILB, Greg Jones – FB, Ben Tate – RB, Garrett Graham – TE

 

NFC WEST

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Key Free Agents:

Michael Bennett – DE, Breno Giacomini – RT, Paul McQuistan – LT, Golden Tate – WR, Tavaris Jackson – QB, Kellen Davis – TE, Steven Hauschka – K, Doug Baldwin – WR

 

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Key Free Agents:

Anquan Boldin – WR, Donte Whitner – S, Jonathan Goodwin – C, Mario Manningham – WR, Phil Dawson – K, Tarell Brown – CB, Colt McCoy – QB

 

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Key Free Agents:

Rashard Mendenhall – RB, Karlos Dansby – ILB, Jay Feely – K, Eric Winston – RT, Jeff King – TE, Dave Zastudil – P, Andre Roberts – WR, Antoine Cason – CB, Matt Shaughnessy – OLB

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Key Free Agents:

Rodger Saffold – RT, Chris Williams – G, Darian Stewart – S, Kellen Clemens – QB

 

NFC EAST

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Key Free Agents:

Michael Vick – QB, Jeremy Maclin – WR, Nate Allen – S, Kurt Coleman – S, Colt Anderson – S, Riley Cooper – WR

 

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Key Free Agents:

Anthony Spencer – DE, Jason Hatcher – DT, Brian Waters – G, Ryan Cook – C, Dan Bailey – K

 

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Key Free Agents:

Justin Tuck – DE, Hakeem Nicks – WR, David Diehl – RT, Stevie Brown – S, Andre Brown – RB, Terrell Thomas – CB, Brandon Myers – TE, Linval Jospeh – DT, Jon Beason – OLB

 

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Key Free Agents:

Brian Orakpo – OLB, Josh Morgan – WR, Santana Moss – WR, Josh Wilson – CB, Fred Davis – TE, E.J. Biggers – CB, Reed Doughty – S, Perry Riley – S, Chris Baker – DE, DeAngelo Hall – CB

 

NFC NORTH

 

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Key Free Agents:

Jermichael Finley – TE, Ryan Pickett – DT, B.J. Raji – DE, James Jones – WR, John Kuhn – FB, Sam Shields – CB, Andrew Quarless – TE, Marshall Newhouse – RT, Evan Dietrich-Smith – C, James Starks – RB, Matt Flynn – QB

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Key Free Agents:

Henry Melton – DT, Charles Tillman – CB, Devin Hester – WR, Roberto Garza – C, Major Wright – S, Corey Wootton – DT, D.J. Williams – ILB, James Anderson – OLB, Blake Costanzo – OLB

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Key Free Agents:

Brandon Pettigrew – TE, Shaun Hill – QB, Dominic Faiola – C, Willie Young – DE, Jason Fox – RT, Rashean Mathis – CB, Kevin Ogletree – WR

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Key Free Agents:

Jared Allen – DE, Kevin Williams – DT, Charlie Johnson – G, Matt Cassel – QB, Jerome Simpson – WR, Josh Freeman – QB, Fred Evans – DT, Chris Cook – CB, Toby Gerhart – RB, Desmond Bishop – OLB

NFC SOUTH

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Key Free Agents:

Jordan Gross – LT, Brandon LaFell – WR, Greg Hardy – DE, Garry Williams – G, Domenik Hixon – WR, Travelle Wharton – G, Ted Ginn Jr. – WR, Captain Munnerlyn – CB, Jimmy Clausen – QB, Graham Gano – K, Quintin Mikell – S, Derek Anderson – QB

 

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Key Free Agents:

Malcolm Jenkins – S, Jonathan Vilma – ILB, Zch Strief – RT, Brian De La Puente – C, Jimmy Graham – TE, Parys Haralson – OLB, Robert Meachem – WR

 

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Key Free Agents:

Jonathan Casillas – OLB, Ted Larsen – C, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim – DE, Adam Hayward – OLB, Rian Lindell – K, Gary Gibson – DT, Erik Lorig – FB, Lawrence Tynes – K

 

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Key Free Agents:

Jonathan Babineaux – DT, Peria Jerry – DT, Corey Peters – DT

 

***All free agents were verified via Spotrac.

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  • Michael Anthony Dine

    I’d like to see Michael Oher on the chiefs along with pitta and maclin we’d be a fairly dominant team on offense then.

    • berttheclock

      So, you think Sandra Bullock would come to Arrowhead to watch?

      • Michael Anthony Dine

        Yeah that’s what I was hoping for

  • Arrowhead Magic

    I think among our own players we should resign McCluster, Abdullah, Schwartz, Gafford and Demps. I’d be fine with keeping Jackson, Albert and Jordan as well unless a better option presents itself.
    And my other free agents I’d like to get are in order Maclin, Oher, Rodgers-Cromartie, and Jairus Byrd.
    Byrd is probably unrealistic, but it’d be sweet to pair him with Berry. Maclin would be an instant fit for our system. Oher could compete for the OT spot and provide good depth. And Rodgers-Cromartie would be a good cover corner for us, plus it weakens the Broncos at the same time, so it’s twice as helpful.

  • toperspective

    It would be interesting to see a salary cap analysis for the Chiefs. I saw that the Chiefs are at 121M for 2014, which doesn’t leave too much room for free agents if the cap is 126M. I would think the Chiefs would need to seriously look at Fasano and Robinson as salary cap cuts. No way Fasano is worth the amount he’s getting paid. I’m not sure what the cap hit would be if they were cut. In addition they will perhaps need to restructure some contracts to free up some money.

    • Jason Seibel

      If they cut Fasano they’d save $1 Million. Cutting Robinson would save $3.3 Million.

      • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

        I suspect Robinson is as good as gone.

        • Danny W

          Me too the guy is very suspect at his position and failed miserably at getting anything done. I hope he’s gone. Talib would be an awesome get if he comes at a reasonable price. Gotta stop Manning and Rivers somehow.

          • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

            Good corners are hard to find in FA and they often come at a premium price. Not sure the Chiefs could fit in someone like Talib, but I bet Dorsey will be trying hard to bring people in that add value and come at a decent price.

          • Jason Seibel

            Talib would be awesome but I don’t know if they could afford him.

          • Chris Tarrants

            If people call smith Cassel 2.0 would we then call Talib, Law 2.0?

          • Danny W

            I know. Hey isn’t Houston a free agent too?

      • toperspective

        Only 1M for Fasano? Ouch. He’s not very good but he’s probably worth 1M for depth. Now I see how the chart works. Thanks. So it doesn’t look like there are too much in savings available. Is Avery worth 1.3?

      • Deadmeat

        How much do we save letting Albert go? Also Lewis?

        • Jason Seibel

          They are both free agents so they wouldn’t save anything. Although Albert will be expensive to re sign.

          • Deadmeat

            I thought for the simple fact of letting him go, we saved 11m. Isn’t that what we paid him last year and held against the cap from last year? Or am I looking at this wrong?

          • Deadmeat

            Would be sweet if you could write something, explaining the cap numbers. I’m a bit confused on them.

          • Jason Seibel

            Will do. I’ll try to get something out today.

          • Deadmeat

            Thanks!

          • Jason Seibel

            Hey man. Just finished your post. It’s up now.

      • Larry Devore

        What’s the savings on Lewis? there’s a man that needs to be cut.

    • Jason Seibel

      Also cap for next year is a hair over $129 mil

  • Tristian Shelley

    As a niner fan im telling you guys Tarell Brown is the very besy corner on the market and he will come reasonably cheap because he is 29. Im thinking 4 or 5 years at 5 or 6 a year. This guy is the shutdown corner no one talks about. And guess what? He ALWAYS turns around for the football. He has outstanding instincts and has good speed but plays his assignment has good hands and he dosent make mistakes in coverage and no it isnt scheme based and im telling you guys u add him and the secondary instantly gets better…way better. If we can’t get Maclin how about a younger cheaper version in Emmanuel Sanders? He has better speed than Avery and is more consistent in terms of hands. Plus he is only 25. I can see Reid jumping all over him. Darius Heyward Bey would be cheap er than all of them because of his drops this season and when he is right (healthy) go look at his 2011-2012) tape for oakland. Dude was number 1 reciever-esque. And his speed only Devin Hester can match. Speaking of which he would be another cheap steal if mccluster leaves. At tackle I dont believe u draft a RT number 1 so I see fisher sliding to left tackle and then Reid signing someone like Eric Winston or Strief from NO someone who can play LT in a pinch but u wont overpay because of age. Thrn draft and develop in free agency with a few other lineman. Dont be shocked if Reid signs Nate Allen the safety from Philly. He has the physical tools but needs the mental coaching. Chris cook from Minnesota can play man to man well but has to stay healthy to see his impact felt. How about the old chief Jared Allen at DE? I know he wont come cheap but he can still get 7-10 sacks in a season especially since hali and Houston will be one on one. He would be a true pass rush threat and if Houston or hali ever got hurt there wouldnt be much scheme change. At saftey id rather draft and develop but thats just me

    • JimHarbaughsguys

      Yes. T. Brown is. And we all know the Niners won’t sign him. JH gave his “We have to sign this guy” speech. Which he gave about Morgan, Sop and Goldson, and none of them resigned.

      For KC fans, had T. Brown been the DB covering Hilton on those deep routes, he doesn’t catch any of them. Brown is absolutely a stud against the deep ball. And unless a QB throws a perfect pass and the WR makes a perfect catch (1st half of 2012 NFC title game) it won’t be complete.

      Get this guy at all costs

  • tm1946

    My problem is – it is to bad Fisher did not step up big at T. If you got a good replacement for Albert, it becomes less an issue…..we do not. Wish Albert the best, good guy just to expensive for talent.
    There are lists of free agents, Reid should know NFC East. Dorsey the North. Got to get the best bang for the buck. WR, CB, and S seem obvious areas of search, can add LT, sadly.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Who is the best free agent defensive coordinator?

    • Jason Seibel

      That made me Lol!

    • berttheclock

      Your comment deserved at least 27 hits. Best of the day or even the week.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Sutton’s not going anywhere, but I do think he needs a defensive version of Brad Childress that can help him with x’s and o’s. He clearly lacks the defensive imagination to modify a defense once teams adjust to it.

      • berttheclock

        Great point, as I fear there is quite of bit of “Stand by my man” with Reid.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          As there should be. You can’t can a guy after one season. Especially not after one where he fielded a Top 5 defensive unit. He just needs some help tweaking that scheme so that the pass rush isn’t so easily neutralized.

          • berttheclock

            However, did you read Teicher’s take at ESPN, this AM, where he brought up the very obvious point about not being able to stop elite QBs? He added the fact that next year with the addition of playing the NFC West, more elites will be added to the mix of Peyton and Rivers. So, as he wrote, if the Chiefs can not find a way to beat the elites, then, write off next year’s playoffs. That is why I believe adding strength and speed to the defensive backfield is crucial. I still maintain the defensive side is more important than the offensive. I have seen far too many football, baseball and a few NBA basketball teams fail when they put their emphasis on outscoring their opponents. I was in LA when Gene Autry tried to buy offense for the Angels. He talked about winning 8 to less, but, the season proved, when the Angels scored 8, they gave up 10. I was in Seattle when the Sonics tried to play a trapping stealing defense to create their offense with steals leading to jams on fast breaks. Worked great in the regular season, but, fell apart in the playoffs against teams with better guards and rough house centers who could turn the game into half court basketball. People remember Michael and Pippin scoring against the Sonics, but, they forget the rugged play of the centers for Chicago who took the Sonics out of their game.

            Al Davis used to say to go to the playoffs, you had to build your team to beat your opponents within your division. The Chiefs must find a way to beat both Peyton and Rivers, while coming up with plans to defeat both Russell Wilson and Kaepernick.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Sutton’s got work to do and we need some help with defensive personnel.

          • JimHarbaughsguys

            Beating Kap is easy. He only beats you is you’re not following your assignment and can’t tackle. Of course, any QB can beat you if you don’t do that, and that is what happened to your team the last half of the season. Kap isn’t a QB. Beating Kap is all about Beating the Niner D. The Niners offense isn’t all it’s cracked up to be by the media. If they were, they’d have blown a lot of teams out by halftime this year. They only did so vs. Jacksonville. All of the other 30 point games we had were basically garbage time points put up with the game well in hand.

            Alex is smart enough to beat the Niners defense, and you have an elite RB. The only teams to beat the Niners are teams that run it on us, not pass it a ton. That is the secret nobody is talking about on how to beat the Niners.

            Beating Wilson….good luck with that one. There is a young man who knows how to play the QB position. He can still beat you up big time when you do follow your assignments. In AZ, Wilson had no OL at all. Facing a top 5 D, and he blew them out. Composed under pressure. Extends plays. And most importantly, he has the same tone throughout the game like Alex does. So no matter how bad or good it gets, he isn’t on a roller coaster emotionally. Favre was an emotionally driven QB, and he only got 1 title in like 20 years. Joe cool, as the name implies, wasn’t like that at all, and got 4.

            Wilson is the guy to worry about. Don’t worry if you have to go up to Seattle. You have the only starting QB in the NFL to have 2 wins in his career up there. Just play smart.

          • Tristian Shelley

            Niner fan who completly agrees with your comments. Im not sold on Kapernick and it b cones down to him as to why we will have an early exit in January

          • toperspective

            Man is that a misleading statistic. More a function of an easy schedule and backup QB’s. Does anyone really think this unit is top 5. 24th in yards per game. 2nd half of the season they gave up 26 ppg. If Sutton had a track record as a successful DC I would be more inclined to cut him some slack but it was a questionable hire in the first place. I wonder if he’s figured out who TY Hilton is yet. The 2nd half collapses versus Denver, SD and Indy are more than a little disconcerting.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            The number reflects the full season. Several of those backups you cited had good games against the Chiefs. Six losses to the three best quarterbacks doesn’t spoil the entire season’s effort defensively. The unit clearly needs improvement, but overall they were a Top 5 unit.

          • toperspective

            You can hang your hat on a meaningless statistic. My eyes and the results at the end of the season tell me they are hardly a top defensive unit. Can’t pressure the QB and can’t cover in the secondary. Were you or any Chiefs fans surprised at the 2nd half collapse versus Indy? I couldn’t even enjoy the lead because I knew it was coming. If they were really a top 5 unit you wouldn’t say they clearly need improvement.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            And I suppose you can cherry-pick the numbers that help make your argument. Teams ALWAYS need improvement. The 9-0 version of that defense needed improvement. That doesn’t change where that defense finished for the season.

            Ultimately, it’s all moot. Sutton will be back.

            NO ONE saw this team squandering a four TD lead. Were there concerns that if we managed the second half poorly that the Colts could surge? Sure, but no one saw this team losing that big a lead in just two quarters.

          • toperspective

            Cherry picking is what stats are all about. I saw them potentially squandering this the lead. Not only were they facing Luck but I watched the collapse versus SD and Denver. Plus I’m naturally a skeptic plus I’ve been a Chiefs fan for a long time. I’ve clearly been damaged by the Chiefs. I live in CA and after the game I regretted the burden I’ve placed on my son by raising him a Chiefs fan. What kind of legacy is that? :)

          • Jason Seibel

            Better than being a Chargers fan.

          • toperspective

            True but then I wouldn’t feel guilty. We took a drive to SD to watch the final game against the Chargers. Had a good time because thankfully there were a good amount of Chiefs fans.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            It hurt like hell. Still stings, but this team is headed in the right direction and for the first time in a decade, I trust the guy coaching and the guy quarterbacking this team. I figure we have a 3-4 year window to get the big one. No reason to panic, but damn if we didn’t squander a great opportunity. The best team to beat Denver drew Denver. If we had found a way to beat the Pats, we would’ve played the AFC Championship game at home.

          • toperspective

            Opportunities are fleeting and the AFC was wide open this year. Next year should be much tougher due to the schedule. We’ll see how Dorsey does in the draft this year. Hopefully it’s more productive than last year. I do like how Dorsey works the fringes to pick up quality roster players.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Things change so quickly in this league. At the beginning of 2013, the Texans and Redskins games figured to prove difficult. It’s far too early to predict how that schedule will play out in eight months.

          • toperspective

            True but there are some franchises that you can count on to be good. I would make a healthy wager that NE, SF, Den and Seattle will all be playoff quality again next year.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I think that’s a safe bet, but I’m not afraid of the 2014 schedule. With the right additions, this team will improve. We we played well mostly in big games. We found we couldn’t close, but we only failed to show up to one of them.

          • toperspective

            The elite teams can close. We’ll see whether the Chiefs have the mental and physical makeup along with the coaching to take that step. Do they have the necessary leadership on the field? It’s now been 20 years and they just had a historical collapse so I’ll continue to be skeptical. I see so many holes to fill but the reality is that all teams have holes to fill. I just happen to watch the Chiefs every week.

          • http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/community/profile/index.jsp?ipid=14872822'defer='defer' defer='defer upperturion

            GREAT statement, “I’ve clearly been damaged by the Chiefs.” It’s comical to debate w/ much younger Chief fans (and those who are older but robotic) who’ve not endured the sheer agony of our decades-long woefully mismanaged team (and organization); the bi-product of wishful thinking opposed to smart and determined ideas… Yeah Marty (and Montana) got us close, but ultimately we paid the price for blockhead scheming.

            I feel the same as you, ‘toperspective,’ DAMAGED! I could have and should have turned away from this organization loooong ago. So tired of the “we’ll get ‘em next yr’ brain-dead mentality. And I’m REALLY disgusted w/ all the players mimicking the coaches words … when asked about function and foresight… Grow a pair and speak w/ your own intellect!! To me they’re simply satisfied w/ collecting their checks, win or lose………….

  • http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/community/profile/index.jsp?ipid=14872822'defer='defer' defer='defer upperturion

    Yeah I like Byrd as well — he’s a difference maker. Robinson is a definite bust and has to go. Talib’s an ex-K Stater … but doubt we can afford him. Please don’t bring back Winston. Luv to have Jared Allen back! Not convinced Tyson Jackson is what we need… Gotta draft a TE #1 imo; keep Fasano around.

    • berttheclock

      Talib was a Jayhawk.

      • http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/community/profile/index.jsp?ipid=14872822'defer='defer' defer='defer upperturion

        That’s right, knew I shoulda looked it up… My points the same, he’s relatively a native.

  • war-painted-wolf

    Lets grab Angerer from the Colts. Talented ILB with the perfect name for one, and we remove said talent from the stupid Colts. Plus, a former Hawkeye, which the Chiefs no longer have after dropping Moeaki & Stanzi. A hawkeye fan too, I like it, especially on the defensive side of the ball- unlike those other two Hawks we dropped. Too bad Moeaki was so fragile. Angerer is solid, and I’ll bet affordable.

  • jeffromac23

    I heard Maclin wants to stay in Philly but would like to see him Ina Chirfs uniform. Pitta would be sweet also as far as safety I see us drafting one and as far as If Albert leaves The offensive line played well with Stephenson in at left or right tackle he’s a second year player and looked a lot better this year I can see him continue develop into a great tackle.

  • chief4ever

    We are not getting any players you listed: except Ty Jackson. We need to sign him, tag Albert again, re-sign Asamoah and Schwartz . Sign a WR that we can get : Kenny Britt. Draft Justin Gilbert then lets see if either Sean Smith or Marcus Cooper can help us at FS. Go Chiefs !

    • toperspective

      I doubt they can afford Albert. Would put them over the cap and they have so many needs.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I think this is going to be a fairly lean free agent class this year. I’m expecting 2-3 significant signings. I think 2014 is a season where you have to coach young players up, hope others mature, and hit on your early draft picks.

    I’ll do more exhaustive research in a month or so, but right now the only FA I have an eye on is Maclin.

    • berttheclock

      Hmmm, coming off an injury, plus, his YAC has dropped since his best year with Vick, which was 2010?

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Which only means he’ll come cheaper than he would had he been healthy. He still averaged something over 12 yards per catch in his last full season. Might not matter though, he’s said he wants to return to Philly.

        • berttheclock

          Last week, I suggested that to a friend of mine who is a huge Philly fan. He asked me what army was going to extract him from the Eagles.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            There’s a strong chance he doesn’t go anywhere. In which case, I’d be looking for WR help in Round 1.

          • Jason Seibel

            The Army of Reid!

          • berttheclock

            You mean the NFL version of the “Big Red One”?

    • toperspective

      Maclin would be a good signing if the price is right. They need game breaking athletes besides Charles on offense. Maclin can open up the field.

    • Justin Jones

      aren’t we in trouble on the free agent thing. we have a lot of key players with contracts up and barely 6 mill to spend. makes me nervous

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Some of the pending free agents won’t be back with the team. I think we’ll be fine. Don’t expect a big offseason like 2013 though. I think it’ll be fairly modest. 2-3 big signings and some mid-ranging players.

        • Justin Jones

          wont that leave us with less depth and maybe even some softer starting spots. for sure on the o-line or is everyone praying for some big player progression? I just see a softer roster with a tougher schedule next year is what it looks like from what im reading.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Not necessarily. The Chiefs already have good depth and Dorsey’s the type to constantly backfill talent. I just don’t think we’ll be in a position to have back-to-back high volume free agent classes. This is the year where you’re gonna have to coach some younger players up and hope others mature (like Poe did).

            The maturation of players like Stephenson gives you options. That’s why I don’t think Albert will be back with the team. Hopefully we’ll see that happen with another couple guys in 2014. All things are possible when you get a boost in scouting and player development.

  • Mike Brennan

    Riley Cooper will be cheaper and easier to get from Philly. Jimmy Graham would be too crazy! How much cap space would be freed up by singing Albert instead of tagging him

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