Kansas City Chiefs Free Agency: Pass Rushers

By Damon Salvadore
Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports

Wide receivers were the first to go. Notables like Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings, Dwayne Bowe, and Wes Welker were all signed immediately.

Now that the wide receivers are all but gone, the big trending position to go via free agency will be defensive end. There are many veteran defensive ends who are currently free agents that Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs may have their eye on, including John Abraham, Dwight Freeney, Osi Umenyiora and Elvis Dumervil.

Abraham has always been underrated. He is actually the NFL‘s current career sack leader with 122 sacks. Even at 34 years old Abraham isn’t showing signs of slowing down. He has registered 32.5 sacks the last three seasons including 10 sacks last season with the Atlanta Falcons. A long term deal wouldn’t be ideal because of his age, but he may just fit in with Chiefs for the right price.

Maybe the most accomplished name is Dwight Freeney. He is part of the 100 sack club with 107 career sacks. He’s two years younger than Abraham, but his production is dropping. Both Freeney’s sacks and tackles have been dropping the last four consecutive seasons. If there’s one advantage Freeney brings over Abraham, it’s experience. Freeney is younger but he has played in many playoff games including two Super Bowls, one of which he won. Another advantage with a Freeney signing is a lower signed contract.

Odds are Osi Umenyiora will re-sign with the New York Giants, but nothing is for sure. Umenyiora’s numbers may be slightly decreasing but he’s still a force on the field. He still demands a double team. He too, like Freeney, has the playoff experience with two Super Bowl victories. Elvis Dumervil is also now a free agent. He’s a familiar face with Chiefsnation as he has faced the Chiefs nine times as a Denver Bronco. He has 37.5 sacks the last three seasons including 11 last season.

The Chiefs ranked 29th in total sacks last season.

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