They may have signed two of their own players since free agency opened, but the Kansas City Chiefs have also lost two, both of them on the offensive line. Andy Alleman has signed with the Indianapolis Colts and Wade Smith appears headed to Buffalo.
Alleman originally was a 2007 third-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints. He spent 2008 with Miami and last season with the Kansas City Chiefs, who did not offer him a contract last week.
Alleman, who also plays center, started seven games during the past two seasons.
With Bills fans hoping for the team to find a new quarterback, the franchise will tender to the media at noon on Saturday free-agent guard Wade Smith, who visited the team on Friday.
The organization distributed a text message announcing that Smith will be available today for questions. By all indications, he has not yet signed a contract.
Other teams have applied this approach in the past, most notably the Eagles. A free agent visits, and he then talks to the media before a deal is done.
Usually, the player ultimately signs.
The seven-year veteran spent the last two years with the Chiefs, former employer of new head coach Chan Gailey. Smith appeared in every game last season, starting nine.
Anyone else worried about losing a young offensive lineman to the Indianapolis Colts? Ryan Lilja was claimed off waivers from the Chiefs in 2004 and ended up being a huge part of their protection of Peyton Manning. With Alleman’s age and versatility, I was a little surprised that the team didn’t tender him a contract. Now that the Colts have come calling I’m more than a little worried.
If there’s ever a team that knows the offensive line, it’s the Indianapolis Colts.
Smith is another guy that certainly showed last year that he could help all along the line, but he’s already played 8 years in the league and if he is the kind of guy you don’t worry too much about replacing. Smith started 7 games for Chan Gailey’s offense in 2008, so the two know each other very well.