The free-agent market opened in full on Tuesday afternoon, and the Kansas City Chiefs had a very bad start. Almost immediately the team lost LT Branden Albert, G Geoff Schwartz, G Jon Asamoah, DE Tyson Jackson, and WR Dexter McCluster. Every player who bolted was a key contributor in the 2013 season.
Most of these losses were expected, as the Chiefs only have about $9.6 million to spend, but losing both Schwartz and Asamoah was a disappointment. Kansas City has a lot work to do on the offensive line, but it’s not as bad as it seems. OT Eric Fisher, OT Donald Stephenson, G Jeff Allen, and C Rodney Hudson, are all up and coming young lineman.
They got valuable experience last year and vastly improved as the season went along. The Chiefs still have a solid core up front. Though, after losing both Schwartz and Asamoah, another quality Guard will be needed, as will some rebuilding of depth.
GM John Dorsey and his scouting crew are going to have their work cut out for them. They don’t have a lot of money or a second round pick, and have several holes to fill. Fortunately for Chiefs fans they’re great talent evaluators. There will be answers to all of the team’s questions.
Some answers won’t look so good, and some will. Like every team in the league, the Chiefs will improve in some aspects of the game and get worse in a few. It may seem scary to see so many contributors from last season run out the door, but the team is still in good hands.
They have a very talented core that returns eight Pro Bowl selections from last season. The front office seems to be playing the market patiently which is smart for a team in their situation. The Chiefs need to be bargain hunters right now, and diving into free agency head first would make no sense for them. The answers will come for Kansas City eventually.