The rebuilding project that has become the Kansas City Chiefs laid down another block today with the signing of former Miami Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano. This deal has Chiefs head coach Andy Reid written all over it.
Reid likes a big tall tight end who blocks as well as he catches, and can be dependable in possession downs. In Philadelphia, his man was Brent Celek, who is 6’4, 255 lbs and averages about 45 catches per season. Fasano is 6’4, 255 lbs, and averages about 35 catches per season (but on a team that was much more geared towards running the ball).
Fasano has been Mr. Dependable while with the Dolphins, never having stats that just jumped up and turned your head, but was a reliable receiver and blocker with great hands. He should fit in nicely with what Reid undoubtedly has planned for the offense in Kansas City.
So the Chiefs now have their new quarterback (Alex Smith), have retained their best wide receiver and tackle (Dwayne Bowe, Branden Albert), signed a premier defensive back (Dunta Robinson), and have now added a veteran tight end to the mix in Fasano. A busy off-season for the new man in charge, indeed.
The signing of Fasano may also mean that UFA tight end Kevin Boss will not be signed to a new deal by the Chiefs, who actually have three different tight ends as potential free agents this season. Ultimately it would seem that Fasano would be a cheaper option than Boss, and the Chiefs are going to need resources to possibly re-sign free agent DE Glenn Dorsey and RB Peyton Hillis.
In seven NFL seasons with the Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys, Fasano has totaled 205 catches for 2,373 yards and 24 touchdowns.