Free Agency: Walter Thurmond III would fit perfectly in Kansas City

Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond (28) runs the ball in for a touchdown after intercepting a pass by Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) (not pictured) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Minnesota 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

It’s difficult for Kansas City Chiefs fans to erase the images of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck carving up their team’s defense with big plays to receiver T.Y. Hilton.

If not for the defensive deficiency in the Chiefs secondary, and some key injuries, the Chiefs might have made it to the second round to bout with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Instead, the Chiefs were sent packing with an early first round exit.

Although it was a single loss in a season filled with wins, the game against the Colts highlighted Kansas City’s weak ling in their talented defense: their secondary.

The Chiefs were led this year by a dominant running game and a talented front seven. When the defense was healthy, the skill of the other positions allowed the secondary’s weakness to be hidden. However, when the team wasn’t completely healthy, the secondary showed that it was beatable.

Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond during Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 43-8. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sportsensive back Walter Thurmond III.

This off-season, the Chiefs have the opportunity to upgrade its secondary with players via the draft and through free agency. One player they should target on the free agent front is former Seattle Seahawks defensive back Walter Thurmond III.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com thinks Thurmond could be on the move.

“He’s a great nickel back, but that might be a luxury the Seahawks can’t afford,” Rosenthal wrote about Thurmond earlier this month.

Thurmond had an interesting career in Seattle. After being selected in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, the former Oregon defensive back showed skill that warranted him being a starter in the NFL. However, he missed a major chunk of the 2011 season with a broken leg and was suspended for four games in 2013.

Coming off a Super Bowl winning season, Thurmond could be the perfect addition to the Chiefs secondary in 2014.

The Seahawks showed in this year’s edition of the Super Bowl that a good defense will be a good offense when they routed the Denver Broncos 43-8. They tormented Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and effectively shut out any run game Denver thought they possessed in the process.

The Chiefs defense of last season has been compared to a less talented version of Seattle’s defense. Plucking away a member of the “Legion of Boom” would be a nice addition for the Chiefs. Especially with the team releasing Dunta Robinson earlier this week.

 

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs, Walter Thurmond III

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  • Travis Forsyth

    Sure, there are quite a few FAs out there that would fit perfectly in kc there’s just one promblem….THEY CAN’T PAY FOR ANY OF THEM!!!

    • Troy Utt

      I really don’t believe it’s as dire as we(myself included) are making it out to be. Yes there are cap confines, but KC is not even close to being in as bad as shape as some teams are! We started out with very little to work with before cuts & contract restructures, whereas there are several teams that started out $10-$20mil over the cap!

  • Tristian

    Very underrated player and still young so his potential is high. Now, you have to consider whether or not he was good because of his Teammates or his own Talent cause its a different scheme here. In my opinion id let him smith and Cooper battle it out for the 2 corner spots on the outside and just keep the other one for depth. Smith is good but he doesn’t look for the football enough along with Cooper. This guy doesn’t have that problem but he lacks the size the other 2 have to matchup with guys like Denver’s recievers. Flowers to me should be a slot corner no matter what short of injuries but they can all make a starting case. These are the decisions Sutton gets paid to make. But the good thing is you can never have too many DBs so signing him at the very least gives us a good player who can defend the pass well in a passing division we are in and league overall

    • berttheclock

      An article at the Seattle Times says resigning Thurmond might be a tough choice as there is a younger player who looks ready to move up and another coming off an injury, which translates into they will be cheaper.

  • berttheclock

    Funny thing is if the Chiefs do pick him up, they will have two players from the 2010 draft who went back to back in that 4th round. The Chiefs, already, have signed Joe McKnight to a future reserve. BTW, that was the round the Chiefs did not have a draft choice due to trading their 4th round away to move up and take, Jimmy Graham, er, no, not Graham, but, Moeaki.

    I wonder if Dorsey will overlook that substance abuse 4 game suspension of last season. If he can stay clean, he would be an excellent pickup.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    He’d be a great addition, but he plays a position where we already have three significant starters. It’s safety where we need the help.

  • Captfriendly

    What does everyone think of the news coming out of Detroit that Nate Burleson and Louis Delmar are cap casualties? I know Burleson is probably on the decline in his career, but both he & Delmar are players in positions of need for the Chiefs. Any hope we could find the room to sign them and do you think they’d be worth it?

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