NFL free agents have been able to sign with teams for a few weeks now and most teams have addressed their team needs. In the NFL, free agency and the draft allow you to address team needs that were evident the year previously. Last season the Chiefs lead by new coach Andy Reid and General Manager John Dorsey improved tremendously from the previous season. The new regime improved both sides of the ball through free agency and the draft last season.
Last season the Chiefs signed/resigned Dustin Colquitt, Dwayne Bowe, Mike DeVito, Donnie Avery, Sean Smith, Geoff Schwartz, Branden Albert, Marcus Cooper and Quintin Demps that all made an impact with the team last season. The Chiefs used the draft to get Eric Fisher and Knile Davis that helped the team to improve. The Chiefs also acquired Alex Smith in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. All these players helped the roster to improve the team from a 2-14 worst in the league team to an 11-5 playoff team.
In the early stages of this season’s free agency the Chiefs have failed to make any kind of impact or address the team needs. They have lost impact players like Dexter McCluster, Geoff Schwartz, Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah and Quintin Demps. The only players that the team has signed that looks like they will make an impact with the team are Hussain Abdullah and Vance Walker, both players play a position that was not a required need for the team. The Chiefs defensive line and safeties excelled last season under defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, the team need on defense could be another inside linebacker.
The team needs going into free agency were wide receiver and tight end. The Chiefs lost significant players in free agency adding to the team’s necessary needs, now the team will need to get offensive linemen and a returner atop of still needing a wide receiver and tight end. There are still free agents at receiver, returner and tight end that could help the Chiefs. The offensive linemen available are scarce however and the Chiefs will need to draft a lineman that can play in the draft.
The 2014 NFL draft will be huge for the team and Chiefs fans nationwide. The team does not have a second round draft pick this year adding to the need for alarm. Reid and Dorsey had an average draft last season and a good free agency; this season thus far they have had a poor free agency and will need to hit a home run in the draft.
Luckily for the Chiefs the 2014 draft is deep at receiver and has more than a few good linemen. Tight end position is not as deep however, but there is also a chance for a diamond in the rough. As the draft approaches I am becoming anxious for the team to improve and build on the team’s success last season. Dorsey and Reid are not done but the clock is ticking for them to convince the fan base that next season’s team will compete and build on the team’s success of the year prior.