10 Last-Minute Free Agents the Kansas City Chiefs Should Sign

Farzin Vousoughian@farzin21Contributor IIISeptember 1, 2012

10 Last-Minute Free Agents the Kansas City Chiefs Should Sign

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    The preseason is over, and teams all over the league are trimming their rosters down to 53 players. The roster adjustment will carry on to next week, as coaches will try and sign other players who were cut.

    Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel expects his team to do well this season, but he knows that after a poor preseason showing, the team must search for some help.

    Here is a list of players the Chiefs should sign to help better their team.

QB Vince Young

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    Many will disagree with this because Vince Young has not had a good career in the NFL. However, you can say the same thing about Brady Quinn.

    Both Young and Quinn had successful college careers, but have had a hard time carrying that success over to the NFL.

    The best case would be to let go of Ricky Stanzi, who will start the season once again as a No. 3 quarterback, and bring in Young.

WR Plaxico Burress

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    Mark Sanchez could not have been happier when the New York Jets front office picked up Plaxico Burress last season.

    Burress started in 13 games and came away with 612 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on the season.

    Even though Burress turned 35 last month, signing him to a one-year contract would not hurt. It would give quarterback Matt Cassel yet another reliable receiver. And in a pass-heavy league, a quarterback can never have too many receivers.

LT Chad Clifton

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    With Branden Albert as the starter, Chad Clifton would be a good player to add to the depth chart.

    Clifton, a two-time Pro Bowler, was let go by the Green Bay Packers earlier this year. He suffered a setback while playing in only six games—a career low.

    If Clifton is okay with the top backup tackle role on the team, the Chiefs should strongly consider him.

OT Kirk Chambers

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    Kirk Chambers is another option the Chiefs could have at the offensive line.

    Chambers has been mostly a backup in his career. He can play both tackle positions on the offensive line, bringing versatility to the offensive line as a backup tackle.

    The Chiefs should consider Chambers in case of any injuries that occur with the starters.

DE Shaun Ellis

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    The former longtime Jet has a lot of starting experience and success in the 3-4 defense.

    The Chiefs have not seen a lot from their defensive ends in Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey. Ellis would be a big upgrade over either defensive end. He could help the Chiefs provide a better pass rush and possibly improve the sack total from the defensive linemen.

ILB E.J. Henderson

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    E.J. Henderson, who has been with the Minnesota Vikings his entire career, has been part of a powerful run-stopping defense.

    Henderson has had his hand all over the Vikings defense through the years through different head coaches and defensive coordinators.

    Depending on how long Derrick Johnson is  out for, Henderson could be a beneficial player and could even help the Chiefs more if he plays alongside Johnson.

OLB Travis LaBoy

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    In his seven-year career, Travis LaBoy has been with three different teams doing the same thing: providing a pass rush.

    The Chiefs have Tamba Hali (except for the first game due to suspension) and Justin Houston as starting outside linebackers. Adding LaBoy to the mix can only make the Chiefs better and cause problems for opposing quarterbacks.

CB Bryant McFadden and CB Morgan Trent

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    I'll put two cornerbacks in one.

    Similar to what I said about wide receivers, teams can never have enough cornerbacks in a passing league.

    Because of how common it is for quarterbacks to throw for 4,000 yards, a team with a good group of defensive backs can be the key to limiting some of the elite quarterbacks.

    Consider that Brandon Flowers did not play any preseason game. The Chiefs could use some help when they face Matt Ryan and several well-known quarterbacks this season. Adding Bryant McFadden or Morgan Trent could be that help.

S Jon McGraw

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    Jon McGraw is currently a free agent, but it would not take him long to adapt to the Chiefs defense since he played for them last season.

    The Chiefs are already dealing with injuries at cornerback, and Kendrick Lewis was recently the victim of an injury that kept him away from action in the second half of the preseason. Bringing McGraw back, who is familiar with Crennel's defense, would provide the team with a good backup behind Eric Berry and Abram Elam to start Week 1.