It seems like a day can’t go by now that free agency is rolling that the Kansas City Chiefs aren’t making a splash. They started off with a trade for quarterback Alex Smith, they followed it up with signing wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a contract extension and put the franchise tag on offensive tackle Branden Albert to assure they have a left tackle to protect the blindside of that new quarterback and a big target for him to throw to. And then they wrapped it all up by releasing their current starting right tackle Eric Winston to save salary cap.
So today is should really come as no surprise that today the Chiefs made another big move to fill yet another need. It’s being reported that the Chiefs signed recently released cornerback Dunta Robinson to a 3-year contract. It’s assumed that Robinson is being brought in to start opposite cornerback Brandon Flowers and fill the void from former Chief Brandon Carr. The Chiefs attempted to plug in cornerback Stanford Routt last season, but Robinson is a clear upgrade.
The next question that must be asked is how this signing impacts the Chiefs in the NFL draft? I think the Robinson move on it’s own assures Chiefs fans that the Chiefs will not reach for cornerback Dee Milliner from Alabama. The very notion he could have been the top pick is staggering. I have no qualms about a cornerback going no.1 overall, but not Milliner.The cumulative effect of these moves tells me that the Chiefs are either going to work very hard to trade down, and if that doesn’t work likely draft Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the first pick. This would allow them to move Albert to right tackle and really fortify that offensive line.
But either way this is a very nice signing. Robinson is a clear upgrade and even if he cannot play cornerback could immediately impact this defense at free safety. At this point all we can do is sit back and wait and see what big moves the Chiefs make next.