6 Free Agents the Kansas City Chiefs Are Most Likely to Pursue First
March 13 is less than a month away. At 4:00 p.m. ET of that date, Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli must pull the trigger and keep the Chiefs active in free agency.
The Chiefs are $63 million under the cap. The Chiefs are fortunate to be playing in the AFC West. The division's standards are not high as the Denver Broncos tied for first place with the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders, but won the division with eight wins.
The Chiefs finished only one game behind first place. With players like Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles returning, Kansas City is showing that they have some serious potential in 2012.
They can complete their team by having a strong offseason, beginning with free agency.
QB Chad Henne
Chiefs fans don't want to hear this, because they have experienced the bad side of it with Pioli. However, the NFL is all about connections. Many players will follow their position coaches, coordinators or head coach to another team.
Henne missed a majority of the 2011 season due to separating his shoulder. Henne has never had a season where he has thrown more touchdown passes than interceptions.
Even though there are more negatives than positives about Henne, it would be easy to bring him in and create competition in training camp when August rolls around.
RB Mike Tolbert
The Kansas City Chiefs were the best rushing team in the NFL while running a two-tailback offense in 2010 under a healthy roster.
With Charles coming back and Thomas Jones leaving, possibly retiring, the Chiefs should go after Mike Tolbert from the San Diego Chargers.
Out of the 175 touches Tolbert had in 2011 with the Chargers, he scored 10 total touchdowns with eight of them on rushing plays.
Adding Tolbert would help the Chiefs in the rushing department when it comes to keeping Charles fresh.
Tolbert would also be beneficial to the Chiefs in the red zone, where the Chiefs struggled drastically last season.
OG Carl Nicks
Since coming into the league in 2008, Carl Nicks is viewed as one of the most-accomplished guards, despite being in the league for only four years.
Nicks has already earned himself one Super Bowl ring along with two Pro Bowl invitations and two All-Pro honors. He has also played a big part in helping Drew Brees stay on his feet and take his time to find the right receiver.
For Cassel, he will need a reliable offensive lineman like Nicks. This would prevent unwanted defensive players from consistently blitzing through the middle and allow Cassel to stay in the pocket and make plays.
C Dan Koppen
With Casey Wiegmann most likely retiring, the Chiefs have some decisions to make with Rodney Hudson.
This scene is the least likely to happen. However, if Pioli and the Chiefs are not comfortable with Hudson at center, he may go with a former draft pick of his from New England.
While most people don't like the lack-luster invites from the Patriot connection, this Patriot-tree add would be more relevant.
Don Koppen is one of Tom Brady's favorite blockers the past few years. Koppen has been part of two Super Bowl victories along with two more appearances.
Koppen, who was replaced by Dan Connolly due to injury, may be not be retained. If he is available, look for the Chiefs to reach out to Koppen.
OG/C Dan Connolly
Connolly was mentioned in Koppen's slide. Connolly filled in for Koppen when Koppen was placed on the injured reserve on September 22 due to an ankle injury.
Connolly is another possibility due to the New England connection Pioli has. Connolly has proved that he is a versatile interior lineman and could help the Chiefs solve some of their woes at the line.
With Wiegmann most likely retiring, the Chiefs will be thin and might want to consider a veteran if Hudson is not showing that is can start at center.
Cassel also has a some experience playing with both linemen from the Patriots.
CB Stanford Routt
Reggie McKenzie surprised a lot of people when it was announced that the Oakland Raiders released Stanford Routt, who signed a five-year contract before last season.
Reports have came out this month that Routt has met with the Chiefs and a couple of other teams. It is now being reported that Routt will make his decision soon.
While the Chiefs have the money for this, it is doubtful that both Routt and Brandon Carr will play in Kansas City in 2012. Unless the Chiefs are able to come to terms with both cornerbacks, an already strong Chiefs secondary will only get better.