Kansas City Chiefs’ 2015 Free Agency Outlook: Part 2
1. Patrick Robinson (Saints)
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Kansas City parting ways with Brandon Flowers proved to be a failed experiment. They signed free agent Chris Owens to replace him in the slot and he didn’t quite pan out in 2014. Owens played solid football the first half of the year, but he suffered a knee injury and was never the same — even after returning to the lineup. Patrick Robinson will be one of the best nickelback options available if he hits the open market. He excelled in the role in New Orleans last season, holding quarterbacks to a quarterback rating of just 57.5 from the slot. Robinson only allowed one touchdown in 360 snaps this past year.
2. Walter Thurmond III (Giants)
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Walter Thurmond is what the Chiefs hoped Chris Owens would be when they signed him last offseason. Thurmond is a versatile and physical defensiveback willing to play aggressively in both coverage and run support. As a former member of the Seattle Seahawks’ vaunted “Legion of Boom”, he certainly doesn’t lack confidence. Thurmond once called himself the “best slot corner in the league.” The major concern with Thurmond is his injury history. He tore a pectoral muscle early in 2014 and missed most of the season for the Giants.
3. Sterling Moore (Cowboys)
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Sterling Moore’s NFL career has been all about defying the odds. Moore went undrafted in 2011 out of Southern Methodist and took a while to catch on. He played two non-descript seasons in New England before signing with the Dallas Cowboys. Another two years went by before he got a real chance to play. Last season, Moore logged 7 starts and put together an impressive campaign of 46 tackles and 12 passes defensed. He figures to be one of the best FA bargains available defensively and could prove very attractive to a cap-strapped team like the Chiefs. Moore scored a +4.0 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2014.
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