The Kansas City Chiefs have to add a player or two if they want to get to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1969. Kansas City took significant steps in 2015, going 11-5 and winning a playoff game for the first time since 1993.
Now, general manager John Dorsey has plenty of work to do. Dorsey is a quality GM who has shown the ability to acquire talent both in the draft and free agency. He has also been shrewd in deals, bringing Alex Smith and Ben Grubbs into the fold for a pair of second-round picks and a fifth-round selection, respectively.
We won’t go into the free agents Dorsey needs to retain, because we already know that story. The other side of the coin is who Dorsey should be going after. The Chiefs have a very good team, perhaps even one that could reach the Super Bowl if healthy. It is not hard to argue that Kansas City might have beaten the New England Patriots with Jamaal Charles, Phillip Gaines, Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Jeremy Maclin, Mitch Morse and Grubbs healthy.
Still, Dorsey should try to add more firepower. The Chiefs could certainly use a right tackle and if Sean Smith leaves, a No. 2 cornerback. Then there is the idea of adding another receiver. Maclin is clearly the top dog, but Albert Wilson and Chris Conley are not second options at this point. Perhaps targeting Jermaine Kearse and Anquan Boldin would be wise. Maybe even Marvin Jones, if the price is right.
This is a moment to seize for Kansas City. The Denver Broncos are turning to Brock Osweiler. The Oakland Raiders are getting better but still have a ways to go. The San Diego Chargers are terrible. If 2015 taught us anything, it is that a moment can’t be wasted. Two horrific losses to the Broncos and Chicago Bears cost the Chiefs the top seed.
Here’s to the Chiefs getting after it this offseason.