The Kansas City Chiefs have decisions to make on 16 free agents this offseason. Three of them will be in the secondary which started strong at the beginning of the season but became a big weakness for the team as the season wound down. Safety Kendrick Lewis did not have his best year with Kansas City in 2013. Now the front office and coaching staff have to decide if he is worth bringing back, and if so, how much they’re willing to commit to him.
Lewis’ price tag would not be very high considering his late-season performance and history of injuries. His familiarity with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s system and four years of experience are also a plus.
Lewis’ shoulder injury from 2012 that sidelined him for seven games seems to have kept him from reaching his full potential. He had a promising start to his career but has regressed over the past two seasons.
He may have a little familiarity in Sutton’s system, but he did not seem to be a good fit for it. Kansas City took DB Sanders Commings in the 2013 draft, and the coaching staff is excited about his potential. Lewis may not be too expensive, but the Chiefs have to penny pinch as much as possible this offseason. If they think Commings can be a suitable replacement they need to take their chances. Re-signing Husain Abdullah and spending a 2014 draft pick on a free safety are also options, but re-signing Lewis doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Chiefs.