When the Kansas City Chiefs report to St. Joseph for training camp today, there will be 89 players on the roster. That means GM Scott Pioli has one roster spot to play with right out of the gate before reaching the league maximum of 90.
It’s important to remember there will be a lot more fluidity beyond that one open spot. As players go down with injuries or prove to be a poor fit for the current systems, the Chiefs will keep shifting around the roster.
There will also be free agents still on the market that could come in and have an impact.
Last year they didn’t bring DL Amon Gordon into the fold until the first week of August. All he did was appear in all 16 games as one of the more consistent defensive linemen, earning two starts. That performance earned Gordon a two-year deal this offseason.
Even though TE Anthony Becht wasn’t able to earn a return for the 2012 season, he wasn’t signed last year until the end of August and played in nine games, starting five, as the Chiefs tried to piece things together at tight end.
First round pick Dontari Poe and franchise player Dwayne Bowe have yet to sign their deals, they still count against the roster. So whenever they do put pen to paper and report, Pioli won’t be forced to make a corresponding move.