Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Players Who Shouldn’t Be Back in 2014
Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Players That Shouldn't Be Back in 2014
John Dorsey has become somewhat of a folk hero in Kansas City over the past year. Since he was hired by Clark Hunt in January 2013, Dorsey has made several pivotal moves through trades and free agency to ignite the Kansas City Chiefs' return to relevance.
Dorsey, along with head coach Andy Reid, were key figures in one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in NFL history. For his part, Dorsey was awarded NFL Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America earlier this week; Reid took home AFC Coach of the Year honors by the committee of 101.
However, don't expect Dorsey and Reid to be capable of similar magic in 2014.
Kansas City is expected to have $3-4 million of cap space this offseason while 12 players from their 2013 roster are entering free agency. Compare that to division rivals Oakland Raiders' space of approximately $63 million, and it becomes clear the Chiefs are at a bit of a disadvantage. Kansas City will not be able to retain all 12, nor do I believe they desire to.
Additionally, the front office seems intent on extending Alex Smith's contract before he becomes a free agent himself in 2015. The Chiefs simply cannot afford to give Smith an extension while keeping all parts from 2013.
Therefore, some difficult (and some not-so-difficult) decisions must be made in regard to who will stay and who will leave Kansas City in 2014. Here's five players who the Chiefs would be wise to cut ties with for monetary and/or performance issues if they wish to improve.
5. TE Anthony Fasano
Kansas City has respectable depth at TE and can afford to lose drop-prone Fasano. Though he wasn't 100 percent for the majority of the season, it's quite clear that Fasano isn't the answer for the Chiefs.
He's eclipsed 500 yards receiving only once in his eight-year career while not registering more than five touchdowns in any of the last five seasons. With 2013 third-round draft pick Travis Kelce returning from knee injury in 2014, Fasano's nearly $5 million worth of services in Kansas City will no longer be required.
4. CB Dunta Robinson
After receiving scarce opportunities for the majority of the year, Kansas City finally began to play Robinson more often in lieu of struggling Marcus Cooper late in the season. Robinson looked alright, but showed his true colors in the Chiefs' 44-45 first-round playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Indianapolis wideout T.Y. Hilton embarrassed Robinson, consistently gaining separation and occasionally making him look downright silly. Robinson is a second-rate cornerback at this juncture in his career, and certainly isn't worth the $5 million he's set to make in 2014.
3. T Branden Albert
Even if Kansas City aspires to make it happen, there's just no feasible way that Albert is back in 2014. Albert and the Chiefs were hardly able to reach an agreement last offseason. With his 2013 Pro Bowl selection, the chances of them doing so this year are even slimmer.
To boot, Albert led Kansas City with 10 penalties in 2013, good for a third-place tie in the NFL -- not what Reid or Chiefs fans should expect from the team's third highest-paid player.
2. WR Dwayne Bowe
The lone red mark in Dorsey's otherwise fantastic 2013 offseason, Bowe proved he wasn't worth near the amount of money that KC shoveled at him with his ridiculous five-year, $56 million contract.
Bowe recorded a career low with 673 yards receiving (47th in NFL) in addition to only five touchdowns and a paltry 11.3 YPC. In spite of Bowe's inefficiency, Kansas City averaged an unbelievable 13 points more per game in 2013 than they did in 2012. If this doesn't showcase Bowe's lack of importance to this organization, I don't know what will.
1. S Kendrick Lewis
This one is too easy. Lewis was clearly the weak link in Kansas City's secondary in 2013, routinely being picked on as the main target of opposing teams' pass attacks. At only 6-foot tall and possessing 4.73 speed, Lewis was regularly unable to cover the more athletically-gifted wideouts that the Chiefs faced.
With Lewis being an unrestricted free agent, there's no reasonable excuse for Dorsey to bring him back in 2014. Fans have been clamoring all season for him to be gone, and the timing has never been better.