Offseason Overview: Cheifs Building From the Ground Up

Dwayne Bowe

FRANCHISE PLAYER: DE Jared Allen (tendered at $8.879M; re-signed and traded to Vikings).

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

• K John Carney hit the short-range kicks the Chiefs asked him to try in the final three games, but no longer has the leg needed for placements or kickoffs.

• WR/KR Eddie Drummond was a huge disappointment as a returner and has no place here.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

• OT Anthony Alabi (Waivers Dolphins).

• WR Devard Darling: UFA Ravens; $5M/3 yrs, SB unknown.

• PR/KR B.J. Sams: UFA Ravens; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• C Wade Smith: UFA Jets; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

• OLB Demorrio Williams: UFA Falcons; $16M/5 yrs, $5.5M guaranteed.

PLAYER RE-SIGNED

• P Dustin Colquitt: Potential RFA; 5 yrs, terms unknown.

• LB Mickey Pimentel: ERFA; terms unknown.

• C/G Rudy Niswanger: ERFA; terms unknown.

• T Will Svitek: RFA; $927,000/1 yr.

PLAYERS LOST

• DE Jared Allen (traded Vikings).

• LB Kendrell Bell (released).

• OG Chris Bober (released).

• TE Jason Dunn (released).

• LB Keyaron Fox: UFA Steelers; $645,000/1 yr, $40,000 SB.

• FB Boomer Grigsby: Not tendered as RFA/Dolphins; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• WR Eddie Kennison (released).

• CB Ty Law (released).

• WR Samie Parker: UFA Broncos; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• DT James Reed (released).

• CB Benny Sapp: UFA Vikings; $705,000/1 yr, $100,000 SB.

• OG John Welbourn (released).

• C Casey Wiegmann: UFA Broncos; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

• FB/TE Kris Wilson: UFA Eagles; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

The Chiefs have made no bones about the fact they are a rebuilding team with a look to the future. That fact was evident on draft day, as the team got maybe the best player in the draft with DT Glenn Dorsey, then moved back in the round with OG Brandon Albert. In round two they were able to snag CB Brandon Flowers. While there are still holes to fill, the process of doing it is already there, and with a fan base anxious to see results, the team will rush their new players into action right away.

The upgrade with this team also has to be made on offense, as they need a healthy Larry Johnson back to take the pressure off of whoever plays QB, which is another question all together. They also are looking to have some players step up and catch the ball, as both Eddie Kennison and Samie Parker are gone. Dwayne Bowe will be counted on to have a big second year. The offense is a work in progress, and while this team has been stripped and is being built from the ground up, the defense will be counted on to keep the team in games, which won’t be easy.

Offseason Grade to Date: B


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