You have to give former Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli credit. Determined to prove that two wrongs CAN make a right, he ignored the flaming he received from Chiefs fans for drafting Tyson Jackson and, to a lesser extent, Jon Asamoah during his tenure in KC and brought both of them to his new team, the Atlanta Falcons, on the first day of NFL free agency.
Pioli is the new assistant to Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff after spending last year as a football analyst on television.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs also lost tackle Branden Albert and kick returner Dexter McCluster who signed contracts with the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans, respectively. And guard Geoff Schwartz is expected to sign a contract with the New York Giants on Wednesday.
On the bright side, multiple reports say the Chiefs will re-sign one of their own, strong safety Husain Abdullah to a contract, so the tally from the first day of free agency is five players lost and one retained.
Albert signed a contract believed to be worth $47 million over five years, McCluster’s $12 million for three years, and Jackson’s five years for $25 million. Terms on the other contracts were not available at the moment, but it is safe to say that KC’s free agents were worth more to other teams than they were to the Chiefs.
While Chiefs fans might be nervous with the team’s relative inaction during the early stages of free agency and the loss of three offensive linemen who started at least part of the 2013 season for Kansas City, it was expected by most NFL observers who have watched head coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey over the years.
The Chiefs have only about $9.6 million of cap space to play with so expect more moves like the re-signing of players like Abdullah and linebacker Frank Zombo who provide quality depth on the team, good special teams’ play, and come with a cheap price tag.
What might make Chiefs fans crazier than the inactivity is now the team has little to no experienced depth on the offensive line and might be forced to use their first-round draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft on another offensive lineman.
But your Chiefs Examiner would like to point out that it is the second week in March and not the second week of August when the team will be in training camp. Reid and Dorsey have plenty of time to figure out what they will need to do with their offensive line by the time the regular season rolls around.
So disgruntled fans shouldn’t give up hope of them drafting a sexy new wide receiver in the first round of the draft instead of a boring lineman.
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