The Kansas City Chiefs already had plenty of holes to fill to try and get back to the playoffs in head coach Andy Reid’s second season. In just the first hour of free agency, that job has gotten a lot harder.
Joining Branden Albert, Dexter McCluster, Jon Asamoah and Tyson Jackson on their way out of town is guard Geoff Schwartz.
During his only season with the Chiefs, Schwartz played in all 16 games (7 starts) and unseated Asamoah late in the season. He helped to lead the way as Jamaal Charles put up nearly 1,300 yards on the ground and will leave a huge void on the interior of the line.
Schwartz entered the NFL as a seventh-round pick of the Carolina Panthers out of Oregon in 2008, but didn’t make his debut until 2009 when he played in all 16 games (three starts). He followed that up by starting all 16 games in 2010 and sitting out in 2011.
In 2012 he made his way to the Minnesota Vikings, where he played in 13 games before joining Reid for his first year in Kansas City.
If anyone wondered how much power former Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli would have with his new role in Atlanta, wonder no more. He’s now gotten Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff to sign two Chiefs free agents.
Pioli and the Falcons had already come to an agreement with guard Jon Asamoah when they added former No. 3 overall pick Tyson Jackson. The defensive end was Pioli’s first pick in Kansas City and widely criticized for being a reach that high in the first round.
Now he may be criticized again for reaching again. The preliminary numbers for Jackson’s deal with the Falcons are $25 million over five years.
Once he got his feet underneath him, Jackson showed he a solid 3-4 end. He played in 74 games during his five years in Kansas City, starting nine of the Chiefs 15 games last season. The former LSU Tiger finishes his Chiefs career with 201 tackles, nine sacks and 10 passes defensed.
Jackson just provides Kansas City GM John Dorsey with one more hole to fill in free agency and the draft.
The express train out of Kansas City looks like it will be a busy one in free agency.
G Jon Asamoah is following WR/KR Dexter McCluster out of town, accepting a deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Other than weakening the Chiefs offensive line, this one stings a little bit more because of former Kansas City GM Scott Pioli’s new role in the front office of the Falcons.
A third-round pick in 2010 out of Illinois, Asamoah started 41 games in his four seasons in Kansas City. Though he lost his starting job late last season, he showed more than enough to be able to cash in this offseason.
With the man that took his job, Geoff Schwartz, and starting left tackle Branden Albert also leaving, the Chiefs will need to do a major reconstruction of the offensive line that will be protecting Alex Smith and clearing the way for Jamaal Charles.
The Kansas City Chiefs added punt returner to their list of needs Tuesday with Dexter McCluster bolting for a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. McCluster wasn’t expected back, but with it official the team will need to find a replacement for special teams coach Dave Toub.
To leave the only team he’s known in the NFL, McCluster will get $12 million, including $4.5 million guaranteed. It’s a nice pay day for the diminutive receiver and clearly too rich for the cash-strapped Chiefs, who feel that’s too much money for a specialist that wasn’t so special before Toub arrived in town.
During his only season as the San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator, new Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt saw McCluster catch 13 passes for 121 yards in two games in addition to returning five punts for 66 yards.
Chiefs GM John Dorsey could look to reunite Toub with Devin Hester, one of the most prolific punt returners in the history of the NFL. Though it’s hard to believe they would break for anyone to serve primarily as a specialist.
More likely I’d expect Dorsey and Andy Reid to give a long look to CFL star Weston Dressler and whichever wide receiver(s) is drafted in May.
It was widely expected to happen and once free agency officially opened, Kansas City Chiefs starting left tackle Branden Albert signed with the Miami Dolphins.
A year after being the Chiefs franchise player, GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid decided to let the tackle walk. And he was happy to leave, grabbing a fat five-year, $46 million contract for his trouble, including $25 million guaranteed.
Albert was part of a huge run on offensive tackles and he managed to score the biggest deal. The Arizona Cardinals (another suitor for Albert) gave former Oakland Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer a five year deal for $35 million, while the Raiders responded by handing out $42.5 million to Rodger Saffold.
Unlike a lot of the Chiefs players leaving in free agency, they actually already have a replacement in house. Last year’s first overall pick, Eric Fisher, and third-year pro Donald Stephenson will provide the protection for Alex Smith.
It appears Dexter McCluster’s time with the only team he’s known in the NFL will come to an end once free agency officially opens around the league on Tuesday.
There are four or five teams interested in the Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver, according to The Star, and he’s expected to ink a deal with a new team. While the Chiefs offered no comment, it makes sense for GM John Dorsey to let McCluster walk on the heels of a career season.
The Chiefs have limited cap space to work with and plenty of holes to fill if they are going to get back to the playoffs next season. That means overpaying for an average offense player just isn’t in the cards.
McCluster finally showed he could be a consistent weapon on special teams, but it also coincided with Dave Toub coming to town. Instead of breaking the bank on DMC, the Chiefs can let Toub earn his keep by making it work with a draft pick or CFL star Weston Dressler.
This weekend the Kansas City Chiefs can start talking with free agents around the league. Before those discussions kick off, GM John Dorsey made a couple minor roster moves, cutting ties with TE Dominique Jones and and LB Robert James.
Jones was promoted to the 53-man roster at the end of last season before landing on the reserve/non-football illness list. He was one of the many player head coach Andy Reid tried to use as injuries constantly rattled the Kansas City offense at tight end. He appeared in two games for the Chiefs without catching a pass.
The Chiefs added James to the active roster just days before their playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. A fifth-round pick of the Falcons in 2008, James saw action in 18 games during three seasons in Atlanta, including all 16 in 2012.
Both players represent positions of need for the Chiefs this offseason, so we shouldn’t expect to see either back in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Chiefs honored their MVP and Rookie of the Year winners Saturday at the annual NFL 101 Awards, by handing out the Derrick Thomas and Mack Lee Hill Award to running back Jamaal Charles and cornerback Marcus Cooper.
It was the second straight time Charles has been named MVP and fourth time in five years.
“This is my fourth time to win this award and it’s such an honor,” Charles said. “This is a great event and I’m so happy to be here.
Cooper was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers after final cuts and quickly proved he could already deliver more than most seventh-round picks. He played in all 16 games (6 starts) and had 44 tackles, 18 passes defensed and one forced fumble.
The rookie was exposed a bit as the season went on, but he has the raw tools to develop into a solid corner for the Chiefs opposite Brandon Flowers.
Charles and Cooper weren’t the only Chiefs honored at the ceremony. Andy Reid was AFC Coach of the Year and Len Dawson accepted the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football.
Chiefs owner Clark Hunt was on hand to to give Dawson the award named for his father.
“His passion and knowledge for the game has led to an incredible broadcast career that Chiefs fans have enjoyed for more than three decades,” Hunt said. “We are delighted to honor him with the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football.”
You can watch the 101 Awards March 16th at 7pm on the NFL Network.
The 101 Awards gala truly is a remarkable event and is a longstanding tradition in Kansas City. To watch the full event, tune in on March 16th at 7PM CT on NFL Network.
The Kansas City Chiefs parted ways with Dunta Robinson Friday after the cornerback spent just one season at Arrowhead.
Brought in back in March to potentially start opposite Brandon Flowers at cornerback, Robinson was a disappointment during his short stay. After first serving as the Chiefs third corner, the veteran eventually lost his job to rookie Marcus Cooper.
As he missed time due to personal reasons and injury, Robinson played in just eight games in 2013. He finished the season with 13 tackles, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
Considering the flashes he showed during his time with the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons, it would be a shock if Robinson didn’t find a home somewhere in the league fairly quickly.
With GM John Dorsey looking to find cap space wherever he can, cutting Robinson will free up $3.3 million. That is cash that will be crucial as the team tries to not only sign some of their own 11 free agents, but also poach starters from other teams around the league.
For the Kansas City Chiefs to improve on last season, they will have to address several holes in free agency and the draft. Among all trouble areas, it seems to be the general consensus that wide receiver is at the top of the list.
Certainly ESPN’s top NFL Draft analysts — Todd McShay and Mel Kiper — seem to feel that way. In their latest mock drafts, they both have projected receivers to Andy Reid and the Chiefs.
For Kiper, his choice is Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State, while McShay is currently going with LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. The two may believe receiver is the best option, but McShay singled out Benjamin as being too much of a risk to take that high.
McShay also offered Fresno State WR Davante Adams and Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt as options for GM John Dorsey in that part of the first round.