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Debbie Downer says, “Reid and Dorsey Have A Plan.”


 

I have returned Addicts. This time, I bring to you, a voice of reason. With free agency well underway the Kansas City Chiefs, with their limited cap space, have not really done much to improve this team. Free agent signings Joe Mays and Jeff Linkenbach and the re-signing of Husain Abdullah were not huge splashes like what Denver has given us throughout free agency (hopefully the Chiefs can add Emmanuel Sanders to this list). Not only have the Chiefs not signed anyone, but they have left four key players from last year’s team go to other teams with little effort to re-sign them. The point is Chiefs fans, with the limited money we have it was not worth trying to bring back our guys at the price they got from the teams that signed them.

Let’s start with Geoff Schwartz, the guy everyone wanted back. Schwartz played very well when Jon Asamoah went down and eventually replaced him on the Chiefs offensive line. He was a very solid starting guard and would be needing a contract as his time in Kansas City was up. The problem was, the Chiefs did not have the cap space necessary to afford a guy like Schwartz. If the Chiefs want to add some important pieces and be able to sign draft picks in an extremely deep draft class, they would need every penny. The end result is Geoff Schwartz moving a lot closer to me and calling MetLife Stadium his new home as a member of the New York Giants. The Giants gave Schwartz a 4 year 16.8 million dollar deal with 6.2 million guaranteed. I’m happy for the guy, but let him go for that price. The Chiefs aren’t about to pay that much for him.

Shift to Jon Asamoah, Geoff Schwartz’s backup. Asamoah is a starting caliber guard, but was benched for Schwartz after his injury. Chiefs fans knew that a decision had to be made and they leaned towards Schwartz, but they did not think both would be gone. Asamoah got a big deal with Atlanta where Scott Pioli now works. Pioli drafted Asamoah and sees his potential which must have been why he gave Asamoah the deal he got which was way above the price the Chiefs would have been willing to pay. The Falcons (Pioli) paid Asamoah 22.5 million dollars over 5 years with 8 million guaranteed. Once again Chiefs fans, where is that money? We don’t have it. Good for Jon, but the Chiefs are not about to pay him that much money when they are so stripped for cash.

Tyson Jackson also left to join the GM that made him the third overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. This one hurt. Many a Chiefs fan believed Tyson Jackson to be a bust until he had five sacks in 2013 and showed he could dominate against the run. He had already taken a huge pay cut when he restructured his contract so the Chiefs could have more cap space in 2013. This time however, he was not willing to take the Chiefs’ offer and Pioli struck again. This time paying Jackson 25 million dollars over five years with 11 million guaranteed. Once again, where is the money to pay Tyson that much. The Chiefs did not have it and could not sign him.

Finally, Dexter McCluster, one of the faces of the franchise leaves the Chiefs for the Tennessee Titans. It was even before March 11 at 4 o’clock P.M. eastern standard time that McCluster declared he would not be returning to Kansas City. Who could blame him? Dex just had his second child and was looking for a payday much larger than the Chiefs could afford. The slot receiver and pro bowl returner ended up signing with the Titans on day one of free agency. Tennessee dished out 12 million dollars over three years with 4.5 million guaranteed to sign McCluster.

What is the point Addicts? The point is, would you have given any of these guys deals this large to stay in Kansas City? I know I wouldn’t have. Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah are worth two to four million a year, Tyson Jackson is worth no more than three to four million a year and McCluster, in my opinion, is worth no more than two million a year. These guys are not major players on this team. We still have our main players under contract. Free agency is all about overpaying a bunch of guys to come in and fill some holes on your squad. Reid and Dorsey clearly have a plan. Let them do their job with the little amount of money we have.

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  • Andy

    I agree to a point. One, we could have signed one of our guards before they became popular. Second, I believe that Reid and Dorsey needed to bring the fan base back with a competitive team, thus all the FA signings last year. This year, I believe they will take a step or two backwards to build this team for the future. I like the move for two reasons. One, our schedule is brutal with only one team in the afc west making the playoffs. Two, the Broncos have mortgaged the future for this coming year. Who can blame them. Manning has a year left. Manning has a ton of pressure on his shoulders.

    • Troy Utt

      True. Manning has a ton riding on his shoulders now, & don’t think for a second he does not realize that! Elway has mortgaged the future w/ over $60mil in garunteed contracts on 3 players, ($110mil total) and Super Bowl win or not that window is slamming shut FAST!!!
      As regardless what Manning is able to do, Elway will be forced to make roster decisions that affect Manning if it’s not accomplished this next season! Their situation with cap space will make our’s look RICH!!!
      That is the hope I am holding on to!!! Reid & Dorsey adding Sanders will go a long way to help our situation, as it will change the course of our draft. That said whomever is responsible for wining & dining this evening had better STEP UP!!!

      • Jim Harper

        All true Troy. I am on board with signing Sanders as well and dumping Avery as well. Then we have accomplished much when it comes to filling holes. Then they can concentrate on free safety and OL & DL depth. The Chiefs are in good hands. So many fans think you can just throw money at a problem and it will resolve itself.

        • Josh Landers

          OMG finally!!! Lol. People that understand what a joke free agency can be in the grand scheme of things. The donkeys made some good moves to try for a sb this offseason and I would probably do the same in that position. However, we are not in a win now situation. We have good pieces to be competitive and we still have the draft and there should be plenty of good ufa’s this year because of all the underclass men that declared. I really like what Dorsey and co. are putting together right now.

        • Troy Utt

          I think the biggest problem is most fans don’t have a basic understanding of how the cap works. As for most they see a dollar amount & take it for face value. Basic math does not work in the NFL…

    • Chris Tarrants

      It would be sweet revenge if in two years we can sign a handful of the players that they are forced to cut because of this FA spending spree! I can think of two positions inperticular that we need help in or will very soon and they have two really good ones, we always seem to need a TE, and Hali will be gone soon so we will need another linebacker who can rush the QB. Oh how ironic would that be

  • Ryan Stoud

    Well said

  • paul pace

    I guess it is the right way to go but it still is frustrating to see some of the quality FAs sign with other teams. But, this is a business also and if you don’t have the money to pay for many of the quality FAs and keep some of the ones that you lost, then you have to make due with what you can afford. If they would sign Sanders who is visiting the Chiefs right now and maybe pick up a quality D-linemen I would be quite satisfied. But, again, the Chiefs are strapped for cash and there isn’t much wiggle room to negotiate with quality FAs that want to get paid for their services. Hopefully, Dorsey can find some diamonds in the ruff as he has done before that will work.

    • Josh Landers

      Signed walker today. Not extremely worried about wr but sanders would do for now. Good wr’s in the late rounds this year. Plus, I’m sure Dorsey will find some stud that no one had heard of right before the start of the season…or at least thats my fantasy. Lol. Let’s hope he can pull it off two years in a row.

      • paul pace

        Sanders would be a decent pickup but I agree there are some good wr’s in the draft this year. So, if they don’t sign Sanders there is no reason to push the panic button.

  • redchiefs

    Hated to see Schwartz get away but Asamoah hasn’t been all that great. Jacksonstein just never became the monster we needed to pressure the QB. Losing Dex might hurt the most but that kid from the CFL should be just fine as his replacement. Our freshman TE will be back from IR, our rookie RT played pretty solid the second half of last season and will have a whole off season in the weight room this year. Stevenson and Allen settled in and played pretty well. If we could sign a really good #2 WR opposite Bowe the draft allows Dorsey to consider BPAs in all rounds. That Vance Walker signing should give a much improved pass rush. The Chiefs really need to get to the QB (Manning) and keep him moving, off balance, and on the ground. The O played almost lights out the second half of the season, we need a killer D now.

    • KCMikeG

      McCluster returned more punts last year than Dressler has in his last FIVE years combined, Dressler has returned a whole TWO KO’s in the last FOUR years, Dressler has ONE return TD in his entire year career vs Dexter’s three. Dexter’s stats are NFL vs Dressler’s CFL. I’m not convinced at all that Dressler is the answer.
      I thought Sproles would be signed to replace him but no. I suspect Beckham is being targeted for our #1 pick to replace Dexter and provide us with the speed we need at WR#2 to take the top off defenses. Two birds with one stone. Plus he may be better than Bowe. Sad we are paying a #2 WR over $10M a year. For a couple of those unearned millions we could have kept Dexter.

      I’m concerned about the OL having lost three starters but four of the five starters next year have already played as a starter for parts of a season if not the entire season.The Walker signing improves our pass rush but weakens our rush D. Unless he plays better when surrounded by excellence like Poe, Hali & Houston.

      • Jim Harper

        Give the McCluster ride a rest Mike. Everybody knows how you feel about him, but that ship has sailed.

        • KCMikeG

          Thanks but I think I’ll say what I want, as much and as often as I want. I haven’t gotten any where close to Micah/Geno Smith level of repetition yet. Huge mistake letting him go. Unless they draft someone like Beckham our ST’s will take a step back which directly effects the field position of our offense. Instead why don’t you try addressing my point about how Dressler doesn’t have the experience/skills to replace DMC or offering an option solution.

          • Jim Harper

            Because Mike, he is gone and no matter what any of us say about it, or how we feel about it will change that.

          • KCMikeG

            Really? I thought I had control over the decisions being made based on the quality of the content, frequency and emotion in my posts. If not then screw this I have better things to do with my time.

          • Jim Harper

            Really Mike? I thought we were friends. Never once during these comments did I disrespect you or put you down with sarcasm. Apparently you feel differently and for that I apologize.

          • KCMikeG

            Thanks for the apology but it really wasn’t necessary. “Give the McCluster ride a rest Mike” sounded a little sarcastic and then telling me our comments can’t change things seemed overly obvious so I tossed you some smack back as friends tend to do but if not your intentions then sorry if I misunderstood. Bottom line it’s all good! If I’m still ranting like Micah in a few months then feel free to reign me in then. The pain is just to fresh for me right now but time heals.

          • Jim Harper

            Apology accepted. The one bad thing about writing on here is nobody can see the expression on your face. Rest assured that if you are still bitchin about it come training camp I’ll gladly smack the back of your head.

      • Josh Landers

        DMC: one return dt his rookie season, 2 since toubs arrival. Coincidence?

        • KCMikeG

          Dexter was great before Toub. He had more total return yards in 2010 than 2013. In 2011 he filled in at RB in addition to WR which reduced his returns and chances to score. Still don’t understand why he wasn’t allowed to return kicks in 2012 but nothing about that year makes any sense. So really you can only compare 2010 vs 2013 which shows Dexter performed at the same level w/o Toub. There’s no denying that Toub’s the best ST coach in the business and the blocking & return schemes improved last year. But Toub doesn’t get all of the credit as Dorsey drastically improved the quality of the depth players who executed on the field.

      • mnelson52

        I agree Dressler may or may not be the return man that Dex was, but his average receiving yards for his career is 1088.5 per year. Dex never got close to that in any year. Dressler’s worst year was in 2009 with 941 receiving yards.

        • KCMikeG

          There’s no denying Dressler has been a bigger performer at WR but then again those are CFL stats not NFL. DMC’s contributions at WR were reduced by his reps at RB and PR/KR during his years here. He still put up over 1,000 NFL yards a year. I hope Dressler steps up and can perform at this level but if they are thinking of using him at WR exclusively like he was in CFL then we will need to find a great returner to replace DMC and Demps hasn’t been resigned either. That only leaves Knile Davis. While I have been busy condemning the release of #1 PR DMC we also need to realize that we were #3 in KR’s and Demps isn’t resigned yet and Davis is coming off an injury. McKnight couldn’t even make a roster last year and has never been a PR. A set back on ST’s would directly effect our offense’s success.

          • mnelson52

            Dressler also had reps at RB/KR/PR

          • KCMikeG

            No comparison to how much he played RB and what was achieved by DMC. Dressler never ran more than 11 times for 63 yards in a season while DMC ran for over 500 in 2011 alone. McCluster returned more punts last year than Dressler has in his last FIVE years combined, Dressler has returned a whole TWO KO’s in the last FOUR years, Dressler has ONE return TD in his entire year career vs Dexter’s three. Dexter’s stats are NFL vs Dressler’s CFL. Now we have let Demps go too! Guess Dorsey & Toub must have a plan but as it stands right now we have let the two most important reasons we were #1 in PR & #3 in KR. I’m seriously concerned as ST’s put our offense in great positions all of last year.

  • Chiefs Martyball

    Not big on Sanders but is nice but weary still Edelman is out there and plus who the Chiefs already have. Hear me out DA will be in year 2 with familiarity between him and AS11, AJ Could still step up as well the Chiefs are high on him. There is also the possibility of K Williams returning the Chiefs saw something there before he got hurt and tryin to get on the cheap prove it deal, James Jones would be a nice fit same as J Avant not to mention that there are plenty comin in the draft. I would like to see a starting RG and a cheap developmental TE still as well as a FS. DeCoud would be nice for FS and I like C Coffman from ATL Tony Gonzales’s understudy that leaves us with possibly cutting Fasano and keeping Bearded Wonder and Kelcy with a development guy that can play and cheaper.

  • cyberry

    Tyson Jackson only had 4 sacks last year.. The quarterbacks where being chased by Houston and Tamba , they ran right to him.. I guess being lucky is better than being good sometimes..lol. Honestly, I respect Jackson ability to stuff the run and does take double teams which free up the linebackers.. He caught a lot of hell for not living up to his draft selection, which really is bad because.. He didn’t choose when he was picked so it’s not like he broke a promise..Sometime next year.. he will be missed! ..Some team will go for it on 4 and short..and get it. Or a goal line stand that results in a score.. But one thing is true.. Kansas City made Tyson Jackson a RICH man!

    • Josh Landers

      He’s probably better suited playing dt in a 4-3 anyway. All the best to him.

  • KCMikeG

    What other one of our players has contributed as a WR, RB, KR & PR producing an average of over 1,000 total yards every year for four years straight? Letting McCluster go was a mistake. I will be sick if he returns a kick against us at Arrowhead next year!

    • Josh Landers

      DEX hadn’t returned a kick for a dt since his rookie season. How much of this year was toub? He’s an average slot receiver and average rb. I’m a big fan of his but for the price we can do better.

  • Josh Landers

    Dear bowe haters, while he may have underachieved last year, part of that rests on as’s shoulders. The first half of the season he REALLY wasn’t taking chances. However, even when he wasn’t getting the ball, he was making great blocks downfield for his teammates. He did drop some make able catches but he also ran like an angry bull with the ball in his hands. Once a solid number 2 is in place I think we can expect to see a lot more from #82. Remember, he’s not Calvin Johnson. And Alex smith is not the kind of qb that throws balls into tight windows. Dorsey signed bowe to that contract for several reasons, I’m sure. One of which is he’s a team player and he loves kc. So in 2 years when he sees us going in the right direction as a franchise he would probably be willing to take a paycut. And if not, in 2 years his contract is structured in a way that we can save a lot of money by cutting him if we have a replacement. Just please try to see the bigger picture. We’re gonna be ok. GO CHIEFS!!!

  • Michael Anthony Dine

    Thank you now maybe some of these “fans” will get it through their head that the chiefs did good by not resigning these run of the mill players

  • tm1946

    So far we have replaced Jackson with a similar player at a rate we can afford, +. McC is beloved by those who liked him and a fat who cares by others, a wash at least among fans.

    Now the OL – takes a little time to bring them together as a unit. Fisher better play a whole lot better than last year. No injuries allowed. Would be nice if some guys on the roster played well enough become starters, again a money issue.

    Time will tell, if some of last year’s draft can play at a starter level, will be very welcome. If this year’s draft can play now. A vain hope would also be if a veteran or two would restructure their contracts but does not seem to be happening. Not sure we can expect much more this year.