Last week I opened things up by talking about the in-house options that the Chiefs would have to consider first and foremost. For the most part, I stuck to the idea that the Chiefs would retain most of their upcoming free agents. There are, of course, a few that will have to be let go, but overall Kansas City is in an excellent position to retain a lot of their current talent.
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But that brings us to the next phase of the offseason: Free Agency.
The Chiefs have made at least one big move in each of John Dorsey and Andy Reid’s first three years. I think that is likely to change this year. The truth is that this current team really doesn’t have a lot of glaring holes on the roster. It’s hard to see Kansas City choosing to bring in a bunch of talent or targeting a top tier player in the offseason, though it is possible and needs to be considered. But both in terms of team needs and financial space, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense.
However, there are some roles that I could see being filled with veterans. Most of these spots will be for veteran journeymen backups, but there may be a spot for a big name if they meet the right conditions. So here we go…
Quarterback: There isn’t a pressing need here at the moment. While Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray are still unknowns, the Chiefs have made a show of faith in Bray that makes me believe he will get a shot as the primary backup. And if neither of these guys are up to the task, it would be far more sensible to draft another quarterback to try and replace them anyways.
- Options: While a Free Agent signing here is unlikely, it could happen if KC decides to cut bait with all of their current backups.
- Robert Griffin III (Redskins) – Well, it certainly has to be considered. We know that RGIII is essentially out the door in Washington, even if he isn’t a Free Agent just yet. I’m sure the Skins will try and trade him, but I doubt anyone is biting. Griffin’s mobility would be dangerous in this offense, but it’s the mental side of things that is the real question.
- Mike Vick (Steelers) – If the Chiefs really feel like they have to blow up the backup QB group, then bringing in Vick makes a lot of sense. He would be paired with a draft pick to work with, but as a quick fix backup, he’s ideal for Reid due to their history together. Obviously expectations for him should be lowered, but he can still play if needed.
Running Back: Prior to this season, there may have been a question here. Now it’s about as locked up as can be. The Chiefs are sitting pretty with the absolute best group of ball carriers in the NFL, and there isn’t a single one of them who is at a risk of leaving the team just yet. In fact, don’t be surprised if extensions come down for Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware some time soon. Other than that, the only potential for loss is if the Chiefs choose to move either Knile Davis or (and this is actually a very slight possibility) Jamaal Charles. Ultimately though, I don’t see that happening.
- Options: I don’t see the Chiefs making a move here in Free Agency.
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