We are less than 24 hours away from the beginning of free agency and it looks like a lot of bad news is going to come early in the process.
Rumors suggest offensive guards Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz are unlikely to re-sign with the Chiefs because of the rising cost of their services. Kansas City simply does not have the necessary cap room to overpay and retain one of the two guards. Additionally, the Chiefs are going to lose Branden Albert to Miami, leaving the tackle positions filled by Donald Stephenson (never been a full-time starter) and Eric Fisher (struggled at right tackle in rookie season), as well as not having a quality swing tackle to back them up.
Staying on the offensive side of the ball, the rumors suggest Dexter McCluster is likely to sign elsewhere on Tuesday. The receiver/return man had a solid season for the Chiefs and filled a lot of roles well. Replacing him isn’t impossible but when one considers all of the other holes on at wide receiver, then McCluster’s loss becomes a little harder to swallow. Consider this: Donnie Avery is the team’s second best receiver on the roster. That’s not good.
Further, the Chiefs have issues on the defense that needs to be resolved. Pass rushing depth is a problem and showed up in the second half of the season. The secondary, particularly at free safety, needs some upgrades. And the Chiefs will be lacking a starting right defensive end if Tyson Jackson walks.
As you can see there are a lot of questions the Chiefs need to answer before training camp starts in July. Some of these issues are going to be resolved via free agency but Kansas City is not going to be able to solve all of them going that route. So I ask you:
If the NFL draft was tomorrow, which position should the Chiefs target with their first-round pick? Vote in the poll and let us know your reasoning in the comments.