4 Best Free Agents for Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
From @mortreport and me: Andy Reid has reached agreement to become next HC of Chiefs, pending review of contract by each side's attorneys.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2013
Combine that with the Chiefs needing to address many areas of need this offseason, free agency is one path K.C. must pursue.
For certain will Reid and the Chiefs get some solid prospects in the 2013 NFL draft. Still, an entire team cannot be built when needing to fill numerous voids.
As a result, the following free agents would be a great place to start for Reid's new home.
Mike Wallace, WR
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Regardless of what happens with receiver Dwayne Bowe, considering Mike Wallace would significantly enhance the Chiefs offense.
In what might turn out to be a classic case of foreshadowing, the end of Mike Wallace's fourth season in the NFL could look strangely similar to his fifth -- with him not playing for the Steelers.
It also is unlikely the Steelers will use a franchise tag on Wallace because that means they would have to pay him between $10 million and $11 million next season.
Just imagine, though, if the Chiefs were able to land Wallace and then retain Bowe.
That would make for one solid receiving tandem with Steve Breaston in the slot. Factor in Andy Reid's status as an NFL coach and that is quite enticing for Wallace and Bowe. The next priority is the quarterback position, which can be approached via the draft as well as free agency.
Matt Moore, QB
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Moore is by no means an elite signal-caller, but he's proven to be reliable when provided solid talent around him.
When receiving playing time with the Dolphins in 2011, Moore stepped in for Chad Henne and threw 16 touchdowns and only six picks during Miami's final 11 games that season. Not to mention, the Dolphins were 6-5 during that span.
In addition, he had a sound ball-carrier in Reggie Bush and a true No. 1 receiver in Brandon Marshall. Well, the Chiefs offer a better ground game in Jamaal Charles and we've seen the potential of Dwayne Bowe before.
Moore would at least challenge Matt Cassel (unless Cassel were to get cut) for the starting role. Now, K.C. should still strongly consider a quarterback in the draft. Whether it's Geno Smith or whomever, the Chiefs can improve reliability at the position with Moore and a rookie.
Cassel clearly hasn't gotten the job done, so finding guys who limit turnovers is required. Moore is a good start.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB
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The loss of Brandon Carr to the Dallas Cowboys was tough for the Chiefs in 2012.
On the bright side, Brandon Flowers remained consistent with 48 tackles, three picks and 13 defended passes.
And for as susceptible as Kansas City was defensively this season, ranking No. 12 against the pass and allowing only a 60.1 completion percentage is not terrible; all things considered.
The issue was giving up 29 touchdowns passes and recording only seven picks. Had Flowers been complemented better on the opposite side, K.C. would have generated more turnovers and allowed fewer scores.
So, enter Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Cromartie recorded 51 tackles, three picks and defended 17 passes. His size frame alone bodes well in man coverage, quickly making up ground after initially getting beat and making plays from zone coverage.
Present him opposite of Flowers and we'll see the Chiefs' defense lock down against the pass, apply more quarterback pressure and force more turnovers.
Daryl Smith, LB
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Kansas City is nearly set at the linebacker position.
With Derrick Johnson patrolling the middle and Tamba Hali and Justin Houston on the edge: Why go for Daryl Smith?
For one, Smith won't be a burden for salary cap as he played in just the final two games of 2012. Per the Associated Press via ESPN.com prior to Week 16:
Smith missed the first 14 games of the season because of a groin injury. He was placed on IR on Oct. 25, with the designation to return. He returned to practice a couple of weeks ago and was cleared to play this week.
If he asks for a boatload of cash and longevity, few teams—if any—would take the risk as he'll be 31 years old before 2013 kicks off. At the same time, Smith's previous consistency of recording 311 tackles, 8.5 sacks, defending 19 passes and forcing six fumbles from 2009 through 2011 is quite impressive.
His size is comparable to that of Derrick Johnson and Smith's instincts would complement K.C.'s Pro Bowl inside 'backer. Despite Smith having played outside for Jacksonville, the Chiefs' 3-4 makes for a suitable transition to the interior.
After all, guys with Smith's talent do possess the adaptability to make plays anywhere in the front seven.