The past couple of weeks have been an oddly quiet time for the Kansas City Chiefs. Free agency officially opens on Tuesday, and the team has yet to lock up any of the 16 players who will soon hit the market. The front office definitely has interest in bringing some of them back. If the Chiefs don’t act fast, they’re going to have to win bidding wars with teams that have a lot more money than they do.
Several of the 16 were impact players, and Kansas City won’t be able to afford to bring them all back. It looks like Kansas City is willing to part ways with LT Branden Albert, FS Kendrick Lewis and PR/WR Dexter McCluster. Albert and McCluster were both Pro Bowl selections last season, and their price tags will probably be too high for the cash-strapped Chiefs. Lewis, on the other hand, likely played his way out of town with a poor performance in 2013.
It would be very surprising if the front office brought back any of those guys. Of the players, bringing back guards Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah are top priorities. Signing one of them is vital, but they’d like to bring them both back if possible. It would be very benefitial for the Chiefs to lock at least one of them up before the market sets their price tag.
The team is also interested in bringing back DE Tyson Jackson, but they could survive if he were to slip away. Jackson would be a stable answer for one of Kansas City’s offseason question marks, but his abilities are replaceable.
LB Akeem Jordan and DB Husain Abdullah both fall under the ‘bargain hunter’ category. As a team with only about $9.6 million in cap space, they need to find some undervalued players they could re-sign for a decent price. Jordan had a very respectable season as a starting inside linebacker, and Abdullah was impressive in the limited opportunities he was given in 2013.
Every team out there has more money than they were expecting with the new salary cap at $133 million, and the players are likely interested to see what the market has to offer. The Chiefs haven’t been able to draw anybody away from that temptation yet, but they should definitely keep trying.