Carolina Panthers, special teams: The Panthers were flat-out bad on special teams last year, especially coverage units. They need to fix that this year to take some pressure off of their defense in the field-position game. Though 7-9 is unlikely to win the NFC South this year — or hell, maybe it is good enough — even a slight improvement could see one of the other teams leap frog them. An investment in a player like Gray, Martin or Hemingway could be a huge boost for them.
Miami Dolphins, offensive line: The Dolphins invested heavily in their quarterback and at the wide receiver position — neither of which was a pressing issue. Their offensive line, meanwhile, was terrible in 2014 and received almost no attention at all. Seriously, their marquee line addition was Jeff Linkenbach…THAT Jeff Linkenbach! Offensive guard was a major concern going into the offseason, and it doesn’t appear like that has changed much. There is also some concern at offensive tackle with Branden Albert having injury issues the last few years. Either Allen or Stephenson could be an attractive offer.
Despite public statements, the Cowboys are clearly not comfortable with their current running back situation. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Cowboys, running backs: The Cowboys recently hosted Felix Jones, Ben Tate and Daniel Thomas for workouts. And while none of them have been signed, it clearly shows the Cowboys are in the market. The Chiefs, as mentioned before, have a number of options they could offer in that area. It’s not hard to imagine that Jerry Jones would like to bring former Arkansas running back, Davis, into the fold.
Indianapolis Colts, offensive line: The Colts added Todd Herremans at offensive guard in the offseason, but there are still a number of holes in that group. This is another spot where Allen and Stephenson could be attractive trade options. The Colts offensive line was pretty bad in 2014, and outside of Herremans, there wasn’t a lot done about it in the offseason.
This certainly doesn’t mean that a trade will happen. But I would be surprised if Kansas City isn’t looking around. There are still question marks on this roster, and the Chiefs will look for any means to address them. There are some fans who “think” the roster is all set, and we have sufficiently addressed every hole on the team. I am not one of them, and there is a zero percent chance that you could convince me otherwise. Unless you’re confident in predicting the Chiefs go 19-0, win the Super Bowl, and completely blow out every opponent, then you’re conceding that there is room for improvement.