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Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.
Welcome to The Morning Fix.
Good morning, Addicts.
Today may be a kind of “Red Wedding” (yes, a ‘Game of Thrones’ reference to begin the morning) day for the Chiefs as many of their top pending free agents are expected to sign with new teams today. We’ll cover all of those pending free agents within the next hour. Until then, let’s start with some words of wisdom from our friend Lyle Graverson from yesterday morning:
The path to the Super Bowl is almost never paved with big name (and big dollar) free agent signings.
This is very true. And while losing some of our top free agents is going to sting, the Chiefs do have a front office and head coach in place who have a history of identifying quality talent and coaching them up. Back to Graverson:
If I was ranking [the Chiefs 2013 free agent signings] in order of “buzz” in Chiefs Kingdom at the time that they happened I would go:
Bowe, Robinson, Smith, Avery, Schwartz, Jordan, Cooper
Looking back on what KC got for their investment last season I would rank them in order of value as:
Cooper, Schwartz, Jordan, Smith, Bowe, Avery, Robinson
The order isn’t completely reversed, but pretty darn close.
Today won’t be easy but it is necessary.
Terez A. Paylor has the Kansas City Star’s free agency primer for you. It is loaded with good information and one of the smartest quotes you’ll hear all off-season.
“If all you care about is this year, you can do anything,” [Andrew] Brandt said. “But if you’re worried about playing for the present and the future, then that’s problematic.”
Adam Teicher breaks down the Chiefs offensive line options if all three of Geoff Schwartz, Jon Asamoah, and Branden Albert sign with someone else.
The Chiefs could also promote into the starting lineup one of the developmental linemen on their roster. They have three: Eric Kush, Rishaw Johnson and Rokevious Watkins. The Chiefs got a peek at all three when they started the final regular-season game last year in San Diego.
KC Kingdom has a scouting review of free safety draft prospect Calvin Pryor for you to read.
Pryor’s game is in run support, and punishing receivers after they catch the ball. Pairing Calvin Pryor with Eric Berry would give the Chiefs one of the best run-support duos from the back end in the entire NFL.
Darrelle Revis is on the trading block and is likely to be cut if he does not get traded.
Short of a trade in the next two days, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to release cornerback Darrelle Revis by 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, according to league sources.
Three non-football stories:
– Kansas center Joel Embiid, who could be a top two pick in the NBA draft this year, will be out for the Big 12 tournament and first two rounds of the NCAA tournament due to a back injury.
– Hanley Ramirez hid in Juan Uribe’s locker to scare him . I’ll admit it, I was scared, too.
– Since I made the ‘Game of Thrones’ reference earlier, I figured I might as well post the new teaser for season four. Giddy.