What are the Kansas City Chiefs' Biggest Needs?

By Damon Salvadore
Michael Hickey-US Presswire

A lot has been done so far this NFL off-season by the Kansas City Chiefs, but there are still many more improvements to be made.

Beyond the hiring of a new head coach, Andy Reid, by far the biggest moves were bringing back elite wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and trading for former No. 1 overall pick quarterback Alex Smith. The Chiefs have also been making changes in the secondary and offensive line lately.

Kansas City still needs to fill some gaps in the defense, being in a division where they must face Peyton Manning, as well as Wes Welker now. The Chiefs hold a lot of value with the No. 1 overall pick and coach Reid has not ruled out the possibility of trading the pick.

The Chiefs ranked 29th in sacks last season and there are a lot of proven defensive ends on the market. Most notable is two time Super Bowl champion Osi Umenyiora. Former Atlanta Falcons DE John Abraham, the leagues current career sack leader with 122 sacks, is also a free agent. Indianapolis Colts stalwart DE Dwight Freeney is also available, and although his numbers have been declining, his leadership and experience could come at a good price. If the Chiefs are looking for a defensive end they found a good off-season to need one.

The Chiefs may also want a quality proven backup quarterback. Alex Smith hasn’t proven anything yet in Reid’s system, and we all know without Jim Harbaugh Smith was a disaster. Smith’s career total without Harbaugh as his coach is a lowly 51 touchdowns and 53 interceptions. A seasoned backup quarterback with a lot of playing time would be useful. If the Chiefs are going to embrace Smith’s mid range strengths then they need another wide receiver. It may be time to start thinking about someone like Darrius Heyward-Bey.

As crazy as it may seem, the Chiefs may want to look for a running back, possibly in the draft. Jamaal Charles is among the NFL’s best, but if injured as he was in 2011 then what? Maybe a two back system would be a good thing, giving Charles a break. Rashard Mendenhall, Reggie Bush, Steven Jackson and Shonne Green have all found new homes. The running back market has almost dried up. The draft or via trade is going to be the Chiefs best bet.

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