With the NFL standing on the precipice of this year's free-agency frenzy, Kansas City should be likewise poised to throw caution to the wind and throw itself headlong into signing the league's unemployed.
The Chiefs spent the last couple of years growing their team through solid draft choices and shrewd free-agent signings.
And while Kansas City's roster looks much better than it did in previous years, the Chiefs still face a number of holes preventing them from taking the next step towards the Lombardi Trophy.
Scott Pioli looks ready to bridge that gap by whatever method possible, openly campaigning for Peyton Manning to sign with the Chiefs.
But signing Manning alone won't complete the puzzle that shows Clark Hunt at the head of a ticker-tape parade down Main Street.
Fortunately, the rest of those pieces can also be found in this year's draft and free agency. Here's who they are and how they fit for the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs.