Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Free Agents Who Could Start and Play Big Roles in 2013

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Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Free Agents Who Could Start and Play Big Roles in 2013
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The Chiefs number one priority is filling five key holes on an otherwise young and very talented team

When it comes to free agency, Kansas City has long been the place that homegrown players have left in search of large-market millions and where aging former stars have come to finish out their careers.

In short, free agency has all too often been a story of disappointment for Kansas City sports fans.

Last season, fans saw the team allow one of its best young players, Brandon Carr, leave for Dallas—a move that hurt the team in 2012.

So who could blame fans for being thrilled when the team re-signed one of the franchise's best wide receivers in Dwayne Bowe.

That signing, along with the move to put the franchise tag on left tackle Brandon Albert and re-sign All-Pro punter Dustin Colquitt showed Chiefs fans that the franchise wants to win and wants to do it by retaining its most talented players.

Under the leadership of new head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey, the team has also successfully renegotiated the contract of defensive end Tyson Jackson, traded for quarterback Alex Smith and made a deal to sign former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson. 

So despite fans being excited again over what has been the team's busiest offseason in recent memory, the Chiefs' front office still has a lot of work to do to get this team back into the playoffs in 2013. 

On the following slides are the names of five key free agents who could start for the Chiefs in 2013.

Additionally, since none of these players will be older than 27 when the season kicks off, they can not only help make the Chiefs contenders to unseat the Broncos atop the AFC West this season, but for several seasons to come. 

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