Kansas City Chiefs’ Mystifying Free Agency Continues With Signing TE Kevin Boss

The difficulty of evaluating NFL offseason moves is they happen is that we don’t yet have the benefit of seeing the entire picture come together—the complete package of free agent signings, along with the NFL draft. That’s my disclaimer, as I say that I’m completely baffled by the early moves of Kansas City GM Scott Pioli during this free agency period. Signing Peyton Hillis was a mistake. The addition of tight end Kevin Boss is just mystifying.

If we look at this move in a vacuum, apart from Kansas City’s larger needs, then it isn’t bad. Boss was an unproductive receiver in Oakland last year, but he has enjoyed success playing in a run-first style with the New York Giants prior to that, and it’s that type of offense he’s joining in Kansas City. Furthermore, Leonard Pope was a liability, so Pioli has effectively upgraded the position. Therefore what’s the problem?

The problem is the same one I outlined in my criticisms of the Hillis signing. Kansas City has a problem at right tackle, at center and at backup quarterback, all of which are more likely to hinder an AFC West title run than the problem at tight end. Going out and fixing the tight end spot—which is just a case of a mediocre player replacing a bad one—is the equivalent of Nero  fretting over his fiddle while Rome burned.

Perhaps Kansas City is about to sign Eric Winston or Chris Myers, offensive lineman who are both good players and fill bigger needs. Maybe Pioli has another plan for a backup quarterback. Maybe when all this is said and done, the signing of Boss will fit neatly into an overall package of good offseason moves. But sitting here right now, it looks none too swift.

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  • Xalvion

    Before you’ve even begun your criticism of KC’s moves, you’ve undone your entire argument.

    You are absolutely correct in saying that you DON’T know what the bigger picture is yet, so how can you possibly be able to evaluate the success or failure that same larger plan?

    What does the signing of a TE or RB have to do with whether Pioli addresses other (admittedly larger) needs at other positions? Are you suggesting that the signings of Boss and Hillis have broken the bank and now the team can’t afford to make the other additions it needs? Unless you are, then these first signings are completely irrelevant in that context. So what if these moves happened first? All that matters is whether the other moves GET done, not whether they happened first, last or somewhere in the middle of the FA period.

    Besides, I’d argue that the Hillis signing was indeed very pressing. What, you thought our running game continued to excel last season after Charles went down?

    Geez, man, relax.

  • http://upyours.com Snuff

    Ya, you are pretty much an idiot. Center is not really a position of need. The kid Hudson is ready to go…..even if he under performs still cannot be considered a position of need, he was a 2nd rd pick, training wheels come off at some point. They are currently trying to sign arguably the best RT in the game so not sure what the issue is there. Boss and Hillis were signed as the 2nd options at their positions. Not bad when Boss and Hillis are your backup RB and TE. Pay attention.

  • Shallowhal

    Hey Mr. Premature Evaluator, how do you feel now that Winston and Quinn are signed? The moral to this story is “patience”.

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