With the NFL trade deadline approaching quickly, fans are looking to see what the Kansas City Chiefs will do.
Despite being 1-5, the Chiefs only trail the division leaders by two games while nine AFC teams have three wins. A 1-5 record is not pretty going into Week 8, but if the Chiefs can make some adjustments, they could compete with the rest of the conference for a wild-card spot.
What are the odds of that happening? Not very high. Anyone who has followed the Chiefs closely this season can see that. If the Chiefs continue at the rate they are going, they could end up with a high draft pick. Perhaps a trade before the deadline could give the Chiefs a lot of versatility in the upcoming draft.
With the trade deadline coming up, will Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli be active in finding a trade partner and negotiate a deal?
Trading Dwayne Bowe to Minnesota
The Chiefs are one of four teams with one win so far in 2012. With quarterback woes continuing to be an issue, the Chiefs are likely to land a spot in the top five in the draft.
Dwayne Bowe, who reportedly wants out of Kansas City, is the top candidate to be traded away. Although the Chiefs can tag him again, it would be better to trade Bowe sooner rather than later.
The Chiefs can use Bowe to receive a draft pick or two in return. With consistency being an issue, it will be difficult for the Chiefs to get a first-round pick out of Bowe.
A team the Chiefs could look to as a trade partner would be the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings, who are ranked 27th in the passing game, could use Bowe to become a more three-dimensional offense.
If Bowe was traded to the Vikings, he would be second on the team behind Percy Harvin in receptions with 33, receiving yards with 427 and touchdowns with three.
The Vikings are currently 5-2 and are in a competitive division in the NFC North. If the Vikings add Bowe to their arsenal, Christian Ponder will have another weapon to throw to and the Vikings evolve into a favorite to win the NFC North.
The Vikings would also be in serious business of competing against the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers for the No. 2 seed in the NFC, in which the team who earns it will be rewarded with a bye.
With Bowe likely to do well, the Vikings wouldn’t mind giving up a first-round pick to become a more competitive team in the NFC.
Trading Branden Albert to Cincinnati
Chiefs fans may not like this idea short-term, but it could benefit them in the long haul. It’s very unlikely, but I’ll throw it out there.
Branden Albert, who was taken in the first round in the 2008 draft, could help the Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton has been sacked 17 times this season, which is tied for the seventh most.
Andrew Whitworth, left tackle for the Bengals, has struggled this season. Despite receiving a contract extension last year after the lockout, he’s allowed three sacks and committed two holding penalties in seven games in 2012.
Albert has not been called for any holds and has only allowed one sack this season. The Chiefs could also try out rookie Donald Stephenson.
As for Albert’s value, the Chiefs may get a third-round pick out of him at best. On average, Albert has allowed 6.5 sacks in his first four seasons in the league.
Albert is in the final year of his rookie contract.
Collecting draft picks
As mentioned before, it is likely the Chiefs get a high draft pick in the first round. If this becomes the case, the Chiefs could also get a good player early in the second round.
If Pioli can gather a couple of draft picks, even after the season, it gives the Chiefs versatility, similar to 2008. The Chiefs found a lot of quality players in the 2008 draft after the first round, such as Brandon Flowers, Jamaal Charles and Brandon Carr.
The Chiefs can take advantage of their likely high placement in the draft and perhaps work toward finding a new quarterback and rebuilding the team.