Kansas City Chiefs Must Bring Back Jon McGraw

Farzin Vousoughian@farzin21Contributor IIIAugust 29, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04:  Caleb Hanie #12 of the Chicago Bears is chased down by Jon McGraw #47 and Wallace Gilberry #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field on December 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chiefs defeated the Bears 10-3.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Earlier this year, the Kansas City Chiefs let go of backup safety Jon McGraw. It seemed like an easy decision for head coach Romeo Crennel.

The Chiefs know what they have in their safeties with Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis, both 2010 draft picks.

Berry is returning from injury, missing almost all of 2011, but had a strong showing during his rookie campaign and quickly tabbed as one of the top safeties in the league. Lewis started all 16 games last season and stepped up while Berry was absent.

Recently, Lewis suffered a shoulder injury in Week 2 of the preseason in St. Louis. Lewis was seen in a sling, but Crennel says that he won't need any surgery and that he needs to rest before he can start moving.

The Chiefs signed Abram Elam this offseason, who started all 16 games with the Dallas Cowboys last season and could start a little bit for the Chiefs early this season. But, would now be the right time to bring back McGraw?

McGraw is not the top option at safety, but that is why his role in Kansas City was mainly a pinch-hitting role. He would usually rotate with starters or come into the game as a full-time safety in case someone got hurt. Even though he would be behind on reps, he still has a good understanding of what Crennel's defense is like.

Statistically, McGraw had his best season last year. He came up with career highs in tackles (43) and interceptions (three) to help the Chiefs defense last season.

Adding McGraw can add some depth and keep the Chiefs safeties in good hands, especially if they need a player while Lewis is inactive.

The Chiefs are already banged up with defensive backs as Brandon Flowers has yet to play a preseason game this year, leaving questions as to whether or not he will play in the regular season and be able to stay on the field.