The Kansas City Chiefs have added some depth along the defensive line by coming to terms with DL Cory Grissom on a one-year deal.
Grissom caught on with the New England Patriots last season after going undrafted out of South Florida, but an ankle injury forced him onto IR for his rookie campaign. Instead of getting another look at him this offseason, the Patriots released Grissom last week.
During his five years at South Florida, Grissom played in 46 games (40 starts) and had 105 tackles (16.5 TFL), five sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Though he got hurt with the Patriots and had some early injury issues at South Florida, Grissom ended up being extremely durable in college, starting every game in his final three seasons.
The first week of free agency hasn’t gone well for the Kansas City Chiefs.
On Saturday night, things went from bad to worse after the agent for WR Emmanuel Sanders took their handshake deal and started shopping it around the league.
Agent Steve Weinberg, according to Ian Rapoport, accepted the deal with the Chiefs and then started to work off those numbers in negotiations with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then later did the same with the Denver Broncos and this time agreed to terms… again.
“This was one of the worst situations in modern football negotiations,” an executive involved told Rapoprt. “Totally wrong. This needs to be stopped.”
It turns out this isn’t the first time Weinberg has done something shady. The NFL.com report has the full story of his checkered past that shouldn’t make something like this seem so surprising.
And though to fans and executives involved this move burns, there’s a reason why a deal isn’t done until it’s done. I’ve never once negotiated a sports contract, but as simple as it is, I learned over 15 years ago taking someone’s word can be dangerous.
The New York Giants signed their second Kansas City Chiefs free agent of the week Saturday, coming to terms with safety Quintin Demps. The first was starting guard Geoff Schwartz.
Demps provided some depth in the secondary, but more importantly was a dangerous returner for the Chiefs on kick offs. Losing him now means Kansas City GM John Dorsey, head coach Andy Reid and special teams coach Dave Toub will need to replace their punt (Dexter McCluster) and kick returner.
Besides his success on kick returns (3rd best in the NFL), it’s a bit surprising the Chiefs let Demps walk because he’s a Reid guy. The head coach drafted him with the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2008 and choose to bring him to Kansas City last May. It’s no secret the Chiefs are up against the cap, but Demps isn’t a guy that will break the bank.
One way to replace both McCluster and Demps would be to bring in former Chicago Bear (and Toub favorite) Devin Hester. The jaw dropping returner could handle both jobs, but we’re left again wondering how a deal would fit under the cap while still filling the multiple holes on the Chiefs roster.
The Kansas City Chiefs helped fill the void left by Tyson Jackson by coming to terms with defensive lineman Vance Walker on a three-year deal.
Walker’s contract is worth a maximum of $13 million, including $3.75 million guaranteed, according to Terez Paylor. That deal comes in a step below the $25 million deal former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli gave to Jackson with the Atlanta Falcons this week.
“Vance is a big, physical player that we believe can come in and contribute for us up front,” Chiefs GM John Dorsey said in a statement.
After being drafted by the Falcons in the seventh-round of the 2009 draft, Walker spent four years in Atlanta before moving on to the Oakland Raiders last season. In his career he’s appeared in 73 games (26 starts) and tallied 119 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
The big man should get a chance to start at defensive end opposite Mike DeVito and next to Pro Bowler Dontari Poe.
The early days of free agency have not been kind to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Five players have bolted town, while GM John Dorsey has only been able to ink a trio of reserves that might be able to fight for a starting spot. Even with such a disappointing start to free agency, the needs of the team should still start at wide receiver, and not the positions lost since the end of the season.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his third mock draft and sees things the same way. Once again, he has Kansas City focusing on the offensive side of the ball, specifically at wide receiver.
WR Marqise Lee, USC
The Chiefs are going to be a good defense again in 2014 if they stay healthy, but there’s still uncertainty on the offensive side of the ball, and while you can question the ceiling of Alex Smith at this point in his career, the Chiefs feel they can win with him and also won’t be finding a better solution at this stage in the draft. But they can find Smith some help, and that’s Lee, who brings a lot of refinement as a route runner and the ability to turn a short catch into a big play. And if he goes this low, the chip on his shoulder could also help.
The Chiefs need to find a game breaker to line up opposite Dwayne Bowe if the offense is going to be good enough to make a return trip to the playoffs. Not only does Smith need more options, but Andy Reid has to give defensive coordinators someone to worry about other than Bowe and Jamaal Charles.
Normally a guy like Lee would (and should) go higher than 22, but a disappointing 40 at the combine could push him down some draft boards. That would be great news for the Chiefs, who would hit a home run if they could grab Lee or LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr.
The Kansas City Chiefs finally dipped their toe in the free agency pool, but it wasn’t in the way many fans were hoping. Instead bringing in big money, impact players like the Denver Broncos, the Chiefs inked role players LB Joe Mays and OL Jeff Linkenbach.
Mays signed a two-year, $6 million deal, including a $1.5 million signing bonus according to Adam Caplan.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid drafted Mays with the Eagles back in 2008 in the sixth-round out of North Dakota State and ended up playing two seasons in Philadelphia. He then spent three years with the Broncos before moving on to the Houston Texans last year where he started 13 games.
Most people in Kansas City will probably remember the linebacker for his dirty hit on Tony Moeaki in 2010 that knocked the Chiefs tight end out… literally.
He’s never been particularly impressive, but will get a chance to start at inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson. Mays could face a challenge for the job by second-year player Nico Johnson, who disappointed as a rookie.
Linkenbach comes to Kansas City after spending four years with the Indianapolis Colts, where he first caught on as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati. For his career, he’s played in 60 games, including 33 starts. Just five of those starts came last year for the Colts and he’s played both guard and tackle.
He didn’t look like a guy last year that could (should?) come in during training camp and win a job, but with the Chiefs losing three offensive linemen in the first 24 hours of free agency, depth is clearly an issue right now. At worst, Linkenbach will get a chance to provide Reid with a solid backup at multiple positions, which can be huge for a team as they try to optimize roster spots.
No, the Kansas City Chiefs will not lose all of their free agents this offseason, despite how things were looking during the opening hours of the new league year.
After seeing five players sign with other teams, the Chiefs brought back safety Husain Abdullah on a two-year deal. Though he missed all of 2012 to make a pilgrimage to Mecca with his brother, the veteran caught on quickly with Bob Sutton’s defense and appeared in all 16 games.
Before coming to Kansas City, Abdullah spent the previous four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings where he appeared in 54 games, including 24 starts. All of those starts came in his final two seasons with the Vikings.
The Chiefs have a lot of work to do in the secondary and even though Abdullah won’t be starting next to Eric Berry, he’s a huge boost to the depth. He also provides special teams coach Dave Toub with the type of special teams player every unit needs to be special.
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.