2013 NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Players Kansas City Chiefs Should Call About
5 Players the Kansas City Chiefs Should Call About Before the 2013 NFL Trade Deadline
After a horrendous 2012 season, where the team was tied for the worst record in the NFL at 2-14, not many expected the Kansas City Chiefs to be very competitive this season. We are now seven weeks in to the NFL season and the Chiefs are the last remaining undefeated team at 7-0. What a turnaround.
New head coach Andy Reid has the team firing on all cylinders as they look to make a deep playoff run.
While their 2012 record proves that they were bad, the Chiefs had more talent on their roster than you would expect for a 2-14 team. Kansas City sent six players to the Pro Bowl last season. By comparison, the other 2-14 franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars, did not send any players. There was a solid amount of talent on the roster, the team just suffered mightily at the most important position in the game: Quarterback. Whether it was Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn taking the snaps, the Chiefs had nothing but awful quarterback play all season long.
A huge reason for the early season success of the Chiefs this season, is the play of new starting quarterback, Alex Smith. Kansas City traded what will probably amount to two second-round picks to the San Francisco 49ers for Smith, and so far, it has been an incredible deal for the Chiefs.
The stats on Smith are not gaudy (58 percent completion rate and seven passing touchdowns to four interceptions), but Smith has been consistent and allows the playmakers around him to make plays. He takes what the defense gives him and simply does not make many mistakes. Jamaal Charles is having the best year of his career so far, contributing both in the running and passing game. The offense has not been particularly explosive, but they are solid and extremely consistent.
The Chiefs have arguably been the best team in the league on the defensive side of the ball. They lead the NFL in points allowed per game at a minuscule 11.6 and are tied for the league lead in takeaways with 19. This defense is fast, physical and ferocious. Led by ball-hawking safety Eric Berry and an outstanding pass rushing duo in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, this Kansas City defense is prepared to lead this team to the promise land.
Because of the success of this team this season, it is hard to pin-point areas that they can improve. That being said, there is always room for improvement and with the trade deadline fast approaching, I decided to take a look at possible trade targets for the Chiefs. Here are five players that the Chiefs should call about before the NFL trade deadline on Oct. 29.
Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
Sean McGrath has looked decent at times and Anthony Fasano has recently returned from injury, but tight end is one of the obvious positions that the Chiefs could use an upgrade.
With the emergence of rookie Jordan Reed, the Washington Redskins are looking to deal Fred Davis, and he could be had at a fairly cheap price. Davis is an athletic tight end with solid receiving skills who would help work the middle of the field for Smith and the Chiefs.
Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons
First of all, I think this is unlikely, but with all of the rumors that have been circulating, I feel like I had to mention Tony Gonzalez in this piece.
Gonzalez spent his first 12 season in the NFL with the Chiefs. He is one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise and probably the best tight end in the history of the game. Gonzalez now plays for the Atlanta Falcons, who have struggled to a 2-4 record this season. With Gonzalez clearly approaching the end of his career, I think the Falcons should look to deal him. This deal would make a ton of sense for both sides. Even though everybody involved has denied the trade rumors of Gonzalez to the Chiefs, you just never know.
DeAngelo Hall, CB, Washington Redskins
The Kansas City defense has been incredible this season and I struggled to find a player who could be available that would be an obvious upgrade. The one guy that stuck out to me was DeAngelo Hall. The Chiefs are starting Brandon Flowers and Sean Smith at cornerback. Flowers is a lock-down corner, and Smith has been solid this season, but I think that Hall's athleticism would be a welcome addition to the secondary. Hall is an inconsistent player, but he has a knack for making the big play. Hall also has incredible speed that could be useful in the return game.
Mikel LeShoure, RB, Detroit Lions
Charles has been incredible for the Chiefs this season. I think that most would agree with me when I say that he has been the best running back in the NFL so far this year. Behind Charles, Kansas City is extremely thin at the running back position. Rookie Knile Davis is talented, but has almost zero experience and Cyrus Gray is inexperienced and leaves plenty to be desired athletically.
I think that the Chiefs would be smart to bring in a veteran running back like Mikel LeShoure in case something were to happen to Charles. Obviously, we hope that he remains healthy, but you never know. If Charles were to go down with an injury, I am sure that the Chiefs would feel better about their situation if they had a solid, veteran running back to hand the ball off to. LeShoure is currently buried on the Detroit Lions' depth chart behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, and would probably not be hard to acquire in a trade.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Emmanuel Sanders signed a one-year deal this offseason to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Because of the Steelers' struggles this season and the seemingly unlikelihood of Sanders returning next season, I wonder if they should look to trade him.
If Pittsburgh is willing to deal Sanders, I think that the Chiefs should make an offer. Dwayne Bowe is extremely talented and Donnie Avery has been big this season, but Kansas City could use some more talent and depth at the position. Sanders also seems to fit in well with Smith's tendency to throw short passes, as he has a great ability to make would-be tacklers miss and rack up those Yards After Catch.