Oct 19, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith (21) in the field during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
In 2014, there was a similar pattern. The Chiefs re-signed Abdullah, added Owens in free agency, and drafted Phillip Gaines. Once again, the secondary had received a good deal of attention. And once again, Dorsey would continue making moves into the season. The Chiefs traded for Kelcie McCray during training camp, and then signed both Coleman and Jamell Flemming during the regular season.
Now in 2015, the Chiefs have already made several moves in the secondary, and I expect it to continue. There are still some depth players available on the free agent market, and Dorsey has already shown us that a trade is never out of the question. Roster turnover is a huge part of Dorsey’s gameplan, and if he can find good options available at cheap cost, he will be ready to pounce.
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The trade market is especially interesting because the Chiefs do have some pieces to move. Much the same as with Rishaw Johnson last year, John Dorsey could decide to shop the loser of any competition at an offensive line spot. Both Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson have starting experience in the NFL, which could make them attractive options for a team that has an obvious hole in their roster. The Kansas City running back group also features a lot of talent that could be made available.
Teams like the Dallas Cowboys could be interested in shopping a cornerback for a running back. Granted, you’re probably not talking about any kind of blockbuster move here. However, Dallas could look to shop someone like Morris Claiborne for Knile Davis. Make what you will of that example, it’s just an example. The point is that the Chiefs have options for adding talent to the secondary.
At the end of the day, the NFL is a passing league and teams need to be ready to combat that. Loading up on defensive backs isn’t a bad approach to being able to hang with the passing attacks the Chiefs are sure to see this season.