5 Free Agents The Kansas City Chiefs Should Re-Sign This Offseason
5 Free Agents the Kansas City Chiefs Should Re-Sign
With the dust finally settled on the Kansas City Chiefs' 2013 season, thoughts quickly move forward to the free agency period and subsequent 2014 NFL Draft. The hugely disappointing and frankly rather embarrassing playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts is still fresh in the minds of Chiefs fans, but behind the scenes the wheels are already in motion to ensure another playoff run lies ahead next season.
Let’s not forget this team made huge strides in 2013. To start the season 9-0 after finishing with a 2-14 record the previous year is mightily impressive. While the Chiefs were expected to make a deeper postseason push, there are plenty of bright spots on the roster to suggest 2013 is just the beginning of what should be a bright future.
While adding new players via the draft and free agency offers excitement and raises expectations among fans, re-signing key personnel who are out of contract at the end of the season can be just as important. The Chiefs currently have a list of 12 unrestricted free agents, many of whom have starting roles on both sides of the ball.
Three offensive linemen are set to hit the free agency market during the offseason which will be a cause for concern for head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey. The Chiefs’ offensive line was a key strength for the team this year, and Reid will hope to have at least two of the would-be free agents back in 2014.
There are similar issues on the Chiefs’ defense which was one of the best in the league this season. Several players in various positions are out of contract, and it will be very interesting to see where the money is spent during the offseason. They can’t all be re-signed, of course, and these 5 players should be top priority for the Chiefs’ front-office staff.
5. Akeem Jordan
With 64 combined tackles and two forced fumbles this year, inside linebacker Akeem Jordan has stepped up when his number has been called. Of course, the Chiefs have several weapons on defense, but Jordan has done enough to earn himself a low-cost contract next year.
4. Husain Abdullah
Abdullah had a solid regular season for the Chiefs despite starting just two games. He combined for 27 tackles and also returned an interception for a touchdown in Week 6 against the Oakland Raiders. Abdullah showed his true talent on Wild-Card weekend, intercepting Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on two occasions during the 45-44 playoff defeat.
3. Jon Asamoah
There will be much upheaval on the Chiefs’ offensive line, and re-signing Asamoah would provide a sense of stability. With Geoff Schwartz hitting free agency and rookie Eric Fischer performing rather poorly this season, retaining Asamoah for a fourth season could be hugely beneficial.
2. Branden Albert
Branden Albert was fantastic for the Chiefs this year and is one of the best pass-protectors in the NFL. The only real issue with Albert is his inability to stay healthy. He hasn’t played a full season since 2011 which may damage his chances of re-signing with Kansas City.
1. Dexter McCluster
There is no question the Chiefs need to re-sign Dexter McCluster. Not only is he a very competent wide receiver, but he’s also a fantastic weapon on special teams. McCluster caught 53 passes for 511 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season. His punt return duties saw him field 58 punts with an average of 11.8 yards per return and two were taken to the house.