One of the most talked about positions on the offensive side of the ball for the Kansas City Chiefs is offensive tackle. With the Chiefs owning the fifth pick in the draft, many in the media expect Scott Pioli to select a left tackle. As Josh Looney at KCChiefs.com continues to break down available free agents, there are a few unrestricted free agents that the Chiefs could opt for instead of a high draft pick.
Mike Gandy (6-4, 316; age: 31) – The simple fact that Gandy started all 32 games as Todd Haley’s left tackle in Arizona is a good enough reason to believe that he at least has a fighting chance to get on the Chiefs radar. Gandy isn’t a “big name” for a left tackle and he actually entered the league with Chicago (also crossing paths with Haley) as a right guard. What the nay-sayers can’t defend is that Gandy was the man protecting Kurt Warner’s blind-side the last three seasons while Warner torched opposing defensive backfields.
Even if you’re not a fan of Gandy, free agency in Arizona is something to keep an eye on. According to ESPN.com, Arizona is tied for the NFL lead with five UFAs who logged at least nine starts last season. Those players are Gandy, NT Bryan Robinson, LB Chike Okeafor, LB Karlos Dansby and TE Anthony Becht.
Mark Tauscher (6-3, 316; age: 32) – It was reported that the Chiefs gave Tauscher a tryout last year, in late September.
Obviously, Kansas City didn’t end up signing Tauscher and he wound up landing a one-year deal with Green Bay on October 12th. The results were eight starts in as many games played for Tauscher, which he obviously hopes answers any injury concerts as he embarks upon free agency once more.
Will the Chiefs show any interest for Tauscher the second time around?
Word out of Green Bay is that the Packers are contemplating on whether or not to make Tauscher another offer…on the low side.
The Chiefs only have two players (Branden Albert, Jermail Porter) under contract, but control three others (RFAs Ryan O’Callaghan, Ike Ndukwe, Barry Richardson) and have a lot of flexibility going into the draft.
Albert held his own at left tackle though if the Chiefs feel they can upgrade with someone like Gandy who knows what Todd Haley demands from his players then they can move Albert inside to guard, his natural position.
Anthony Davis and Russell Okung are massive and have all the potential in the world, but does Haley want to worry about a rookie protecting Matt Cassel’s blindside? If I have a chance for the offense to take a big step forward next year, it makes more sense to go with a veteran than rookie.