The Kansas City Chiefs came into this offseason knowing that they needed to make changes along their offensive line at the left guard position. Former Colt Ryan Lilja has filled in at that spot for the past two seasons, but at 30 years of age, his play is already starting to decline.
Fortunately for KC, there are many viable options that they could sign in free agency this year once the FA period kicks off this Tuesday.
One of those options is former Saints LG Carl Nicks.
After examining the guards in this year's free agent class, Nicks is among the best.
The 6'5", 343 lb OG is a two-time Pro Bowler who excelled in both run-blocking and pass protection in his time with New Orleans. He's a mauler-type of guard who would fit in nicely between left tackle Branden Albert and center Rodney Hudson next season.
The only major issue with Nicks would be his contract. How much would Kansas City be willing to pay the man?
He made $2.6 million as a member of the Saints last season, but he is looking for a much bigger deal this offseason.
With the Chiefs currently operating with $37 million of cap space, one would think that they have more than enough money to pony up a contract for him.
If KC can sign him to a five-year deal worth around $40 million, then they could consider it a win—not only for next season, but for the long-term future of their offensive line as well.
Just imagine how much better Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City rushing attack would be if they're running behind Nicks on the left side every game.
Landing Carl Nicks should be one of the biggest priorities for the Chiefs in free agency this year, because he would shore up a position of need and would look great in the red and gold in 2012 and beyond.