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Taking Care of Business
Major tasks are being worked on by Chief's GM John Dorsey and Co. Before any dealing with the free agent market (just around the corner in early March), the Chiefs have their own free agents to sign—or not.
Much needs to be accomplished by the Chiefs. The team has big needs for the following positions: Wide Receiver, Inside Linebacker, Safety, Cornerback and especially the Offensive Line and Defensive End. The Chiefs have made signings of experienced players who may fit the needs but it will remain an unknown factor until the staff sees what the players have to offer. Unsigned NFL Free agents that have been brought in are Da'Rick Rogers – WR (some risk, high ceiling), Derrick Sherrod, the former Packer High Draft pick who suffered severe broken leg below the knee, Armon Binns – WR, who also is coming to the program after injury.Another…
This afternoon it was announced that the Chiefs released Anthony Fasano, Veteran Tight End who was signed in Free Agency in 2013. Fasano Was steadfast in blocking at the 1st and 2nd Level and gave the Chiefs a good option for the west coast Offense as it got off the ground in 2013 with the new regime of John Dorsey and Andy Reid.
As anticipated by the NSLU, the Chiefs had six tight ends on the 90 man roster. By releasing him, the Chiefs save $1.975M against the cap.
It was pointed out by Adam Teicher(ESPN) that late in the 2014 season, Travis Kelce began taking starter snaps as his offensive threat was a huge factor in the Chiefs game…
So, What will Dorsey and Company Do?
FIRST? The MONEY!
Okay: I gave a fascetious view of wielding a scapel and making the cuts to the bone a couple of weeks ago. My point in doing so was to demonstrate that cap money needed to build the 2015 Roster was possible.
I estimate that $30,000,000 cap space will be needed for the Chiefs in 2015. First of all they have to sign 11 Rookies. They must maintain salaries, and cover boosts that are pending(Houston, Hudson, Parker, etc). This is an example of what how it might be accomplished.
What's already occurred:
The Chiefs have a cap carryover of -$2.46M.
Donnie Avery-$3.55M: was released.
AJ Jenkins - $1.34M: was released.
CAP Savings at this point: -7.35M
Other Releases to come and an example list of proposed actions:
Anthony Fasano, TE-$1.975M: As much as I appreciate…
Were you surprised that the Chiefs Defense ranked well in 2014? Everyone who is anyone was surprised. Even me. To be quite truthful, to have 3 stalwarts of the defense lost for most of the season(and a few others as well), the Chiefs Defense, which struggled mightily, overcame having all the plans fall apart.
It seems obvious that the Chiefs had strengthened the defense with the signing of players like Joe Mays, Kevin Vickerson and Vance Walker. At OLB, the Chiefs had two considerably talented edge rushers in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. With the play of Dontari Poe at nose tackle and Mike DeVito at RDE, the front 3 had…
(NSLU: No Stone Left Unturned time, 2015) Combine Days! Interviews going on. Building Charts. Categorizing and ranking players using the research of the Scouts and their combined observations. And Today, I think my what if's are a good place to start. Today, it will be about the defense.
I have been thinking -- Oh, No! Say It Ain't So!
Wouldn't be great if both DJ and Mike DeVito came back stronger and healthier than they've ever been in their playing careers?
Yesterday Andy Reid said(while stumbling to the podium to speak, with a cane no less), that the players were working together and looked good, noting that they'll probably be in the best condition of their lives.…
When it comes to the NFL, it is my view that the game is won in the trenches. For me, the guys on the offensive Line, and the Defensive Front 3 for the 34 defense. Add to this the ILBs who buck the middle against the run game if the down linemen are doing their job, stacking up blockers and making a nuisance of themselves.
So who are " today's " Buffalo's?
These guys must be fleet of foot, protect outside and in for pass protection, stifle a bull rush and have the ability to block level one and still make the second level block. Good stuff. Meat and Potatoes. The Chiefs have built in competition for the starting role and possibly, one sneaky signing that could have import. Too, they very likely will add a draft pick to this mix and it is possible an additional free agent signing could occur.
As noted, the offensive line play was well below average for 2014's season. This must be resolved.
In 2014, the weakness of the Chiefs was seen at…
The Chiefs announced on Tuesday that the club has released wide receiver Donnie Avery and waived wide receiver A.J. Jenkins. Releasing Avery Yields a savings against the cap of $3,550,000.00 with 500k of dead money. The 500k will be applied against the 2016 cap.
The release of Jenkins results in $1,337,390.00 savings against the cap. This is about $5 Million against the cap and when added to the carryover(about $2.5m), the Chiefs have gained about $7.5 Million of cap space in a year they are estimating a cap of $142-143 Million. Note: these are estimated numbers.
David Bell - Port Fierce, FL
9 Tyler Bray QB 23 6-6 215 2 Tennessee
xx Terelle Pryor QB
10 Chase Daniel QB 28 6-0 225 6 Missouri
7 Aaron Murray QB 24 6-1 207 R Georgia
11 Alex Smith QB 30 6-4 217 10 Utah
25 Jamaal Charles RB 28 5-11 199 7 Texas
34 Knile Davis RB 23 5-10 227 2 Arkansas
32 Cyrus Gray RB 25 5-10 206 3 Texas A&M
22 Joe McKnight RB 26 5-11 205 3 USC
42 Anthony Sherman RB 26 5-10 242 4 Connecticut
13 De'Anthony Thomas RB 22 5-8 176 R Oregon
-- Charcandrick West RB 23 5-10 205 R Abilene Christian
xx Da'Rick Rogers WR
81 Jason Avant WR 31 6-0 210 9 Michigan
17 Donnie Avery WR 30 5-11 200 …
In 2015, the Chiefs went with rookie Zach Fulton at left guard. PFF numbers had him ranked way down the list but in his last 4 or 5 games, Fulton showed a big improvement. After Jeff Allen was injured in week one of the 2014 season, the results of depth at the guard position was obvious: Mediocre at best with one caveat(Fulton Showed improvement over the last few games).
At left guard, the results were obvious. McGlynn was outplayed in most of the games. Linkenbach was tossed in late in the season and did not fare well either.
The In Program Competition
Left Guard Zach Fulton will need to defend his role as a starter and prove that he has earned.
Much will depend on…
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