You made it through day one of NFL Free Agency! Now what?
First, a quick update on the Chiefs free agents:
WR Dexter McCluster – Agreed to 3-year, $12 million deal with the Tennessee Titans.
WR Kyle Williams – Drawing interest from (at least) five teams.
OT Branden Albert – Agreed to 5-year, $46 million deal with the Miami Dolphins.
OG Geoff Schwartz – Agreed to terms with the New York Giants.
OG Jon Asamoah – Agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons.
DE Tyson Jackson – Signed 5-year, $25 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons.
LB Frank Zombo – Agreed to terms with the Chiefs.
S Husain Abdullah – Re-signed with the Chiefs on a two-year deal.
S Kendrick Lewis – No Update
LS Thomas Gafford – Re-signed with the Chiefs on a one-year deal.
Now that you’re up to date, lets look at what the Chiefs can realistically do.
Kansas City has roughly $9 million in cap space, according to Spotrac. That’s not much wiggle room to play with. The Chiefs have to be smart about who they sign and which holes to fill via free agency as opposed to the draft.
So, where do they start?
There are rumors that the Chiefs have interest in former Houston Texans LB Joe Mays. There were also rumors that the Chiefs were interested in former Green Bay Packers’ tight end Jermichael Finley, but it appears that he will be visiting the Seattle Seahawks first, and may not make it to Kansas City.
After letting Geoff Schwartz, Jon Asamoah and Branden Albert walk, the Chiefs need to find a new starting right guard. Some have suggested starting second year player Eric Kush at center and moving Rodney Hudson to guard. That’s a possibility, but I would feel a whole lot better about the situation if the Chiefs found a way to add competition at the right guard spot.
Another need popped up for the Chiefs after allowing starting defensive end Tyson Jackson to walk in free agency. If the season started today, the Chiefs starting defensive ends would be Allen Bailey and Mike DeVito. That duo can work, but the Chiefs will still need to add depth to the position.
Safety is a position that has been discussed as one of the biggest needs on the team. Yesterday, the Chiefs re-signed Husain Abdullah and there is still no update on free agent Kendrick Lewis. It’s possible that the Chiefs believe Abdullah and 2013 fifth round pick Sanders Commings will battle for the starting spot alongside Eric Berry, but I still expect John Dorsey to look for competition at the position.
Finally, the position that has been talked about all offseason: wide receiver. The Chiefs receiving corps now includes Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, AJ Jenkins and Junior Hemmingway. Call me crazy, but that’s not going to work. It’s very likely that the Chiefs take a receiver in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but even that may not be enough. Look for the Chiefs to target another free agent wide receiver in the coming weeks heading into the NFL Draft as well.