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News » Kansas City Chiefs Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-20


Kansas City Chiefs Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-20


Kansas City Chiefs Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-20
In signing UFA additions WR Bobby Engram, LBs Monte Beisel and Corey Mays and WR Terrance Cooper, the Chiefs have added lightly pursued free agents who will help more in providing depth at the back of the roster than immediate impact at the top.


Engram had some big years in his time with Chicago (where he first played for Todd Haley) and Seattle, but he was productive as recently as 2007 when he had a career high 94 receptions and his first 1,000-yard season (1,147) for the Seahawks. But he caught only 47 balls in 13 games while battling injuries last year.

Cooper has played in 63 games with five starts over five years with Dallas, New Orleans and Baltimore last year. But his total reception count in that time stands at only 46 catches for 600 yards and six touchdowns.

Mays entered the league as a rookie free agent with New England (under Pioli) in 2006. In three seasons with the Patriots and Bengals he played in 32 games with one start.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Pass rushers/linebackers. The Chiefs have helped their linebacker corps with the acquisitions of Mike Vrabel from the Patriots and Monte Beisel from Arizona, but they still lack the impact backers necessary to make the transition to the 3-4 defense. They especially lack pass rushers, both on the defensive line and in the linebacking corps, and likely will be looking hardest at linebackers with pass rushing upside. Aaron Curry becomes a strong candidate for the Chiefs' No. 3 overall pick in the draft.

2. Offensive line. Brian Waters' recent suggestion that he wouldn't mind moving on likely will be ignored by management, as the Chiefs are in real trouble if he leaves. Waters is a dependable force on the right side, especially given that the club wants to upgrade at right tackle. It's a position the club will be looking at strongly should Aaron Curry, the best defensive player in the draft, be gone when the Chiefs go on the clock with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.

3. The free agent acquisition of Bobby Engram from Seattle will help a receiving corps that needed dramatic upgrading. Still, Engram is 36 and is in the last year or two of his career. The Chiefs hope he can help tutor Dwayne Bowe, whose 2008 drops may be the result of a concentration issue. But the Chiefs still need a long-term upgrade at the position. A top-notch receiver will likely be there at Kansas City's No. 3 draft spot. Now, will the Chiefs think Michael Crabtree is worthy of such a selection?

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--DE Jason Babin, had two of the team's mere 10 sacks and showed enough upside as midseason acquisition to deserve consideration.

--LB Rocky Boiman played well at several different positions after joining team early in the season and could be asked back for the right price.

--S Oliver Celestin, a special team player, came off the street at midseason, and likely will return to job market.

--G Adrian Jones, the team's starting right guard, likely remains in the team's picture, but the Chiefs want an upgrade at the position, so he won't command a high price.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--C Rudy Niswanger (tendered at $1.545M with second-round pick as compensation) is the team's starting center and figures strongly in team plans at either center or guard.

--CB Jarrad Page (tendered at $1.545M with second-round pick as compensation) is the team's starting free safety.

--WR Jeff Webb (tendered at $1.01M with sixth-round pick as compensation) was a Herm Edwards favorite, but hasn't shown much in two years.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--S Jon McGraw: UFA; terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--LB Monty Beisel: UFA Cardinals; terms unknown.

--QB Matt Cassel (trade Patriots).

--WR Terrance Copper: UFA Ravens; terms unknown.

--CB Travis Daniels: UFA Browns; terms unknown.

--WR Bobby Engram: UFA Seahawks; terms unknown.

--LB Corey Mays: Not tendered as RFA by Bengals; terms unknown.

--LB Mike Vrabel (trade Patriots).

PLAYERS LOST

--LS J.P. Darche (released).

--LB Donnie Edwards (released/failed physical).

--QB Quinn Gray (released).

--QB Damon Huard (released/failed physical).

--CB David Macklin (released).

--CB Patrick Surtain (released/failed physical).

--TE Michael Merritt (released).

--LB Pat Thomas: UFA Bills; 1 yr, terms unknown.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 20, 2009

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