KC Addressing Chief Concerns
By James Jennings
Once the dust settled after the initial flurry of free agent signings at the dawn of the new NFL year, the Kansas City Chiefs are looking promising.
The moves under the new regime of head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey have not been sexy, but they have certainly been solid.
Of course, the biggest splash was made with the trade for former No. 1 overall pick quarterback Alex Smith. The Chiefs also made sure they took care of in-house business by signing free-agents-to-be wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt before they hit the open market.
The re-signing of Bowe was crucial, retaining one of their most potent offensive weapons for the new quarterback.
The Chiefs also quietly signed wide receiver Donnie Avery, who most recently played with the Colts. Avery caught 60 passes for 781 yards and three touchdowns for Indianapolis in 2012.
Avery showed promise after being initially drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2008, catching 53 passes for 674 yards in his rookie campaign. However, he missed the entire 2010 season with a knee injury and was release prior to the start of the 2011 season.
After spending a year with the Tennessee Titans, Avery signed on with the Colts and became one of rookie quarterback Andrew Luck’s favorite targets.
With Bowe’s outside explosiveness expected to draw heavy coverage, the slot could be opened up for Avery to rack up some strong statistics.
Also on offense, the Chiefs released veteran offensive tackle Eric Winston, who was one of the team’s big free agent signings just a year ago.
The move has raised speculation that the Chiefs plan to use the first pick in April’s NFL Draft to select Luke Joeckel, the standout tackle from Texas A&M. That speculation is also bolstered by the fact that Reid has a history of running a pass-happy offense.
Who that pick ultimately is will also depend on what the team decides to do regarding current left tackle Branden Albert. The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Albert, and he signed his one-year franchise tender.
Albert, though, is looking for a long-term deal, which the Chiefs have yet to offer. Rumors abound that they are shopping Albert in the trade market, seeking at least a 2013 second round pick to replace the one they sent to San Francisco in the Smith trade.
The Chiefs have not been as active on the defensive roster. The signed a pair of cornerbacks to provide some secondary depth for Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry.
Dunta Robinson joins the Chiefs after spending three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Robinson was a first round pick of the Houston Texans in 2004.
Sean Smith has played four seasons for the Miami Dolphins. He started 56 of the 63 games he appeared in for the Dolphins.