When the Chiefs released Donnie Edwards, Damon Huard and Patrick Surtain Scott Pioli pushed the Chiefs cap space into the 50 million dollar range and the addition of Matt Cassel may eat into that a little bit but the Chiefs still have a surplus of cash to spend.
The first and second waves of free agency have came and went without the Chiefs being big players, and several aging big names still remain. Scott Pioli has a track record for signing aging free agents to plug a hole for a season or two while he figures out a long term solution ( see Junior Seau, Rodney Harrison, Corey Dillon and Mike Vrabel). Below is a list of Three near the end free agents who could instantly help a Chiefs team that has more holes than draft picks.
Jason Taylor: Taylor was traded last season to the Redskins when Dancing with the stars was more important than Bill Parcells’ off season workout regimen. After one season in Washington Taylor finds himself in the same boat, released after failing to commit to the off season schedule. Taylor could be a interesting piece for the Chiefs since he has the versatility to play in the 4-3 or the 3-4. Taylor clearly don’t want to sign any where until mini camps are over expect the market on him to heat up then.
Marvin Harrison: Longtime time Colts receiver has drawn little interest on the market since being released. Harrison is still a valuable player his skills simply started to decline as his contract continued to go up and for a team like the Chiefs who have a depth chart full of receivers with potential but little production Harrison could be the perfect veteran presence for this team. Add to the mix Matt Cassel will need a security blanket type receiver if Tony G leaves and Harrison starts to make a lot of sense.
Derrick Brooks: Derrick Brooks skills may be eroding a bit but he still had a productive year last season and figures to have a good year or two left in him. The only question on Brooks is how he would fit in a 3-4 scheme after playing his entire career in the Cover Two Tampa defense. Bottom line the Chiefs have one of the worst line backing depth charts in the league and if a future Hall of Famer like Brooks is willing to come here the Chiefs should be willing to offer him a contract.