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Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Offseason Additions With Most to Offer in 2014

Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Offseason Additions With Most to Offer in 2014

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The Kansas City Chiefs didn't have the salary cap to make a lot of noise in free agency. They did, however, make some news for losing big names like Branden Albert and more recently, Brandon Flowers. The team may not be done with free agency after making some cap room from the Flowers release, but to date, these are the five new guys who will have the biggest impact for the Chiefs in 2014.

5. CB Chris Owens

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5. CB Chris Owens

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Owens was an under-the-radar signing that could have more of an impact than once thought. With Flowers out of town, someone is going to have to step up. The six-year vet will be one of the most experienced players on a very young group of corners in Kansas City.

4. RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas

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4. RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas

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With Dexter McCluster leaving to join the Tennessee Titans, Thomas has an opportunity to bring his impressive returning skills to the next level immediately. Under coordinator Dave Toub, he will have every advantage to make a fast impact on special teams.

3. OLB Dee Ford

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3. OLB Dee Ford

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No, Ford will not be starting ahead of Justin Houston or Tamba Hali, but if he shows he can get to the quarterback, the coaching staff is going to find a way to get him on the field. He's looked great thus far in the offseason. The fact that both Houston and Hali missed significant time to injury in 2013 could mean some unexpected snaps may be coming his way as well.

2. ILB Joe Mays

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2. ILB Joe Mays

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Mays joins Derrick Johnson, Hali and Houston to form one of the best linebacker crews in the league. He's an unquestioned starter, and should be an upgrade from Akeem Jordan who played his position last season.

1. DL Vance Walker

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1. DL Vance Walker

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Walker will be replacing Tyson Jackson at defensive end, and he should also be an upgrade at his position. Walker was the best free-agency move by the Chiefs, and it will be interesting to see what he can do next to Dontari Poe and Mike DeVito.