Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive end B.J. Raji (90) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors Round-Up: B.J. Raji, Jason Avant, Emmanuel Sanders


A lot of stuff went down on Friday, including the signing of defensive lineman Vance Walker. Beyond his signing there were a few noteworthy things that were made public which have yet to be covered. Not anymore, however. Let’s get to it.

B.J. RAJI

A few hours before the Chiefs signed Vance Walker the Green Bay Packers retained their own free agent, B.J. Raji. This is noteworthy because shortly after the signing we learned the Packers were not the only team trying to sign Raji.

Raji is a former first round pick – the same draft class as Tyson Jackson – and has had an up and down career. He’s not necessarily a pass rusher but his flexibility along the defensive line would have been useful. Had the Chiefs signed him he would have clearly been the team’s second best option to play nose tackle should Dontari Poe need a break.

None of this matter now that Raji has signed with Green Bay and the Chiefs landed Walker, but it is interesting the Chiefs were willing to take a run at him. One would assume the Chiefs moved on to Walker once they realized a Raji deal wasn’t happening. Aside from Raji and Walker, the Chiefs were also reported to be to have shown in Red Bryant in free agency.

EMMANUEL SANDERS

Pittsburgh Steelers free agent wide receiver spent the night in Kansas City and is due for a visit to San Francisco on Saturday if he does not come to an agreement with the Chiefs.

For those worried money may be an issue after signing Walker:

Kansas City has about $7.3 million in cap space before the Walker signing. The structure of Walker’s deal hasn’t been made public so it is difficult to know how much cap room the Chiefs have now. Unless the deal is completely front-loaded, John Dorsey should have plenty of room to operate with to land Sanders and sign a full daft class.

JASON AVANT

Should things go south with Sanders it looks like the Chiefs may have their backup plan lined up.

Whether Avant still ends up in KC even with a Sanders signing is unknown. There has also been no update on the Joe Morgan front so he could still be in play for the Chiefs, too. One would think a Sanders’ decision would knock down the necessary dominoes at wide receiver.

 

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  • berttheclock

    Ben, what really makes the Raji story relevant to me is had he been signed, he would have played NT and Poe could have switched to DE. Just another example of how to mix and match and really confuse the defense. At least, I am happy to learn Dorsey tried to reach out.

    • WildcatJayhawk

      Bert. As much as I hated King Carl and Scott Egoli… In only 1 year, I am already getting the feeling that John Dorsey is the best GM this team has Ever had (Hank wasn’t technically the GM, even though he was responsible for most of the player moves in the ’60′s and early early ’70′s). And, I was getting that feeling even before the Chiefs won games. One look at what he did to address QB and OL last off-season, was all I needed to know. Clearly, he saw what Egoli couldn’t with regards to what areas needed to be addressed.

      • Troy Utt

        I agree whole heartedly! He is cut from the same cloth as those he served under in GB. It’s obvious he has a plan even when we the fans don’t necessarily understand it… I guess that’s why he’s the GM & were the MMQB’s! Not only did he follow Reids gut feeling on Alex Smith, but he was relentless churning the bottom of the roster finding Cooper, McGrath, Parker, etc… Not to mention the signings of Schwartz, Abdullah, & others… Two signings/contracts that may well define his reign as GM IMO is the contract to Bowe, & the UDFA signing of QB Tyler Bray!
        Bowe for lack of options at the time. Hopefully when the new season begins Post Season Bowe continues where he left off…
        As for the signing of Bray, after muscling him away from Miami & signing him to the 53 man roster, I have great hope that Reid is able to work his magic in developing his skills to potenially take the reigns
        one day from Smith as our QBOTF!!! There is no doubt he has the tools, just a matter of having his head on straight…
        Of course seeing what he is able to do this off-season w/ little to no money to work with is the ultimate test!!!

        • WildcatJayhawk

          I like the signing of Bray. A LOT. But, I liked the signing of Chase Daniel even better. In other words, without a Big FA signing, and only giving up a 2nd round pick, JD put 3 QB’s on the roster that (IMO) are ALL better than even our best under the entire 4 year Pioli era. Pioli simply amazes me, and NOT for the right reasons. I just wish he had gone to a divisional rival. And, to think, I used to respect Thomas D.

          • Troy Utt

            I have said over & over since the signing’s last off-season… IMHO KC has the BEST “STABLE” of QB’s I can recall them having in my life-time… And I’ve been a fan since I was old enough to know what football was! (darn near since their SB victory)

          • WildcatJayhawk

            I’m not sure I’d take these guys over Len & Mike, or Joe & Jim. But, then again, I’m not sure I’ve ever liked #3 better than Tyler. So. I won’t argue too much. :-)

          • Troy Utt

            When you consider what Alex Smith is capable of doing & then factor in Bray’s potential, all the while knowing we have a capable back-up in Daniel it makes me think stable. And in more than one sense of the word… I can just appreciate the QB situation we are in right now after so many BAD YEARS!
            Now if we could just somehow find a receiver we’d be in business!

          • WildcatJayhawk

            Exactly. JD is still digging out of the Egoli disaster, so he is very handcuffed. Thus, very limited. But for the first time since the ’60′s, I can actually say I have confidence in our GM to make the best of the situation.

  • paul pace

    Just read on another Chiefs site that Sanders may have some health issues with regards to his feet and that some teams that have a lot of cash to spend have passed on him. Maybe that is why Kansas City was his third visit out of four teams he has scheduled for a visit. It will be interesting to see what the Chiefs will do with this. Dorsey appears to be very good at judging a players worth so I guess time will tell.

    • berttheclock

      That medical report concerning the pins in his feet is coming up all over the place. There are reports that even the Steelers may give him another chance with them, but, for less money and a shortened contract.