The Kansas City Chiefs were unceremoniously bounced out of the AFC playoffs Saturday when they suffered a heartbreaking 45-44 loss to AFC South champions, quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. At one point, the Chiefs led the Colts with a cozy 28-point lead, and though Indy’s comeback has been referred to as “epic” and “record-breaking,” truth be told, it wasn’t so much that they made an impressive comeback, as it was a matter of the Chiefs’ defense utterly collapsing upon itself.
Kansas City did enjoy some successes this past season, and the team and staff are back to work already preparing for the offseason, free agency, the 2014 NFL Draft, training camp, etc., and it is soon time to start re-evaluating some free agents that will be key in helping the Chiefs have another potentially successful year.
One of those Chiefs in particular is offensive tackle Branden Albert. Sadly for the Chiefs, it looks like Albert will be leaving soon as a free agent. Running back Jamaal Charles, linebacker Tamba Hali and most of the Chiefs’ key players are under contract at this point, not including Albert.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has only one year left on his contract, and it would be in the team’s best interests to do what they can to keep him on board beyond just next season.
Kansas City will most likely be seeking a fast wide receiver and more help in the defensive secondary in the draft, but most of the players fans are familiar with will be back next year, again under the leadership of head coach Andy Reid.
And with Albert’s likely departure, a right offensive tackle will be in order to replace him. Fans should expect a barnburner of a follow-up to this season, which ended so prematurely.