Free Agents the Kansas City Chiefs Need To Look At (updated)
I wrote an article on Thursday about some under-the-radar free agents I thought the Chiefs should go after. Of the five I mentioned—Bart Scott, Channing Crowder, Michael Boley, Igor Olshansky, and Jason Brown—only one of them, Olshansky, is still available.
As the weekend has passed, and the Chiefs have yet to sign any free agents, I figured I would update my wish list for free agents.
Igor Olshansky DE/DT - 6'6" 310 lbs. This I think should be our No. 1 target to get as of now. He played DE in San Diegao's 3-4 defense, but he's obviously big enough to play in the middle here in KC if we stay with the 4-3.
If we do indeed go 3-4, we have another piece to the puzzle of finding the proper personnel to fit that scheme.
Olshansky is a powerful guy capable of pushing the pocket back, and was probably San Diego's best run stuffer, which is something we desperately need.
Khalif Barnes OT - 6'5" 325 lbs. OT isn't our most pressing need, but Damion McIntosh could certainly be upgraded.
Barnes has played LT for the Jags the past four years and has done a pretty decent job there. His pass protection is above average, which would be greatly welcomed by new Chiefs Quarterback Matt Cassel, and is big enough at 325 lbs. to be that mauling RT that we need.
Richie Incognito OC/OG - 6'3" 318 lbs. These two positions, especially after acquiring Mike Vrabel, are some of our greatest needs as of now, and Incognito can play both.
He's one of these guys that really plays with a mean streak. He's a powerful guy and is a great run blocker. A powerful Center is crucial when playing teams running a 3-4 defense, because they are playing heads up on a massive NT.
The only thing about Incognito is he's a restricted free agent, and his tender offer dictates we would have to give up a third round pick for him. Is he worth it? I don't know, but we might draft a Center with that third-round pick anyway.
Demetric Evans DE - 6'4" 287 lbs. Defensive End might be our biggest position of need right now. Evans is a bigger End that uses power moves to push the pocket back. He has effective counter moves to work back into the inside also.
He is not known for his pass rushing however, and is a very effective run stopper at his position. If we switch to the 3-4 he could probably put on 10-15 lbs and transition nicely.
Leigh Bodden CB - 6'1" 195 lbs. I know what you are thinking, "What? CB? We're set at that position with Flowers, Carr, and Leggett!" But that was when we were playing a Cover-Two defense. Flowers I think can transition nicely to more of a pure man-to-man defense, but I have questions about Carr, as he is more of a pure zone guy.
But with Carr as our nickelback, we will for sure have the best CB corp in the league.
One of the lone bright spots for Detroit last year, Bodden is an upper echelon cornerback in this league. He is at his best when playing bump and run, man-to-man defense. (He didn't perform that well last year because Detroit tried to play tons of zone with him.)
He is a very physical corner that can jam you at the line, yet still has the speed to turn and run deep with you. He would be a very welcome addition to KC.
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