One week into the new league year, the Kansas City Chiefs are widely regarded as one of the early winners of free agency’s first wave. The primary objective, as previously stated, was for general manager John Dorsey to retain talent — mostly defensive — from the 2015 roster. For the most part, that’s exactly what he did. Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Frank Zombo, Jamell Fleming, and Jaye Howard were all re-signed.
The only notable losses were cornerback Sean Smith (across the division to Oakland) and guard Jeff Allen (to the Houston Texans). The team also made key acquisitions in right tackle Mitchell Schwartz and wide receiver Rod Streater.
In bolstering the receiving corps and offensive line group, two of the teams’ immediate needs were addressed. Kansas City was already a team that had only a handful of holes heading into the offseason. At this point, they may only have two or three positions where they need depth or clear upgrades. Fortunately for them, there’s still help available on the open market. Today, I’d like to take a look at where the Chiefs need reinforcements, and the open options at those spots.
With Tyvon Branch gone (to the Arizona Cardinals) and Husain Abdullah still unaccounted for in the free agency picture, Kansas City could stand another body at safety. I’m sure Abdullah’s still on the team’s radar, but there are a few other players who can help solidify the back end of the Chiefs secondary (Rashad Johnson and Reggie Nelson). The market’s been fairly cold for the three of them so they should all be affordable when the time comes to sign a contract.
Next: Two more positions...