Chiefs Free-Agency Tracker: Updated Signings, Rumors and Grades

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystMarch 12, 2013

Chiefs Free-Agency Tracker: Updated Signings, Rumors and Grades

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    The Kansas City Chiefs were the worst team in the league last year, but a fresh start gives a team loaded with young talent hope. The brain trust of John Dorsey and Andy Reid has already made several big moves and is certain to make several more after free agency officially started at 4 p.m. EDT.

    If the Chiefs really want to draft the best player available with the first pick of the NFL draft, they need to fill needs in free agency; the Chiefs still need offensive line help, an inside linebacker, a cornerback, a defensive end and a receiver. Depth is also vital in the NFL, and the Chiefs should stockpile talent if the price is right.

    What the Chiefs do in free agency could reveal who the team is targeting with the No. 1 overall pick. It makes sense for the Chiefs to address positions in free agency other than the one they know they will address with the top pick.  Signing a left tackle, defensive end or cornerback could reveal which way the team is leaning in the draft.

    Keep it locked here for the latest Chiefs’ rumors, signings, analysis and grades throughout free agency. This article will be updated regularly for your reading pleasure.

Latest Rumors and Signings

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    March 18: Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports that the Chiefs will listen to offers for offensive tackle Brandon Albert.

    March 15: Geoff Schwartz announced that he has joined the Chiefs.

    March 15: The Chiefs are visiting with offensive tackle Geoff Schwartz, whom they are expected to sign according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

    March 14: Sean Smith's contract is for three years, $18 million with $11 million guaranteed according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Update: Mike Garafolo of the USA Today reports that the guarantee is actually $12 million.

    March 14: The Chiefs reached an agreement with cornerback Sean Smith on a three-year contract according to his agent David Canter.

    March 14: The Chiefs are in pursuit of cornerback Sean Smith and are clearly a viable option for him according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    March 14: The Chiefs announced the release of quarterback Matt Cassel.

    March 13: Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Chase Daniel's deal is worth $10 million and includes a $3 million bonus. Wilson also reports that Donnie Avery's contract is worth just $8.55 million with a $1.5 million signing bonus.

    March 13: Donnie Avery agreed to a three-year contract worth just over $11 million according to Adam Caplan.

    March 13: Matt Cassel will be released if the Chiefs can't trade him today according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

    March 13: The Chiefs signed wide receiver Donnie Avery according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

    March 12: The Chiefs are interested in free-agent cornerback Sean Smith according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

    March 12: Anthony Fasano received a four-year, $16 million contract with a $4.5 million signing bonus according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. 

    March 12: Chase Daniel's contract is for three years and is worth $10 million with just under $5 million guaranteed according to Adam Caplan.

    March 12: The Chiefs reached an agreement with defensive end Mike Devito according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. The deal is worth $12.6 million over three years with a $4.2 million signing bonus, $850,000 of his base salary guaranteed in 2013 and $1 million of his 2014 salary guaranteed for injury according to Joel Corry of the National Football Post.

    March 12: The Chiefs reached an agreement with quarternack Chase Daniel on a three-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

    March 12: Glenn Dorsey is visiting with the 49ers according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    March 12: Defensive lineman Mike Devito is visiting the Chiefs and is unlikely to leave without a deal according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.

    March 12: The Chiefs are expected to sign tight end Anthony Fasano according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today.

    March 12: Albert Breer reports that defensive lineman Chris Canty has an offer from the Chiefs and hopes to sign somewhere soon.

    March 12: Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that the Chiefs are very interested in quarterback Chase Daniel and the Vikings are interested in Matt Cassel.

    March 11: Defensive end Jason Jones has drawn interest from the Chiefs according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com.

    March 10: The Chiefs are making progress on a new deal for defensive end Glenn Dorsey according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.

    March 9: The Chiefs are no longer interested in Sean Smith according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

    March 8: The Chiefs have shown interest in cornerback Sean Smith even with Dunta Robinson in the fold according to Albert Breer of NFL.com.

    March 8: The Chiefs signed Dunta Robinson to a three-year deal according to Albert Breer of NFL.com. The deal totals $15 million with $4 million guaranteed according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Tribune.

    March 6: Eric Winston was released after just one year with the Chiefs according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. The release of Winston opens up a need for right tackle.

    March 4: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Dustin Colquitt became the highest-paid punter in the NFL after agreeing to a five-year, $18.75 million contract with $8.9 million guaranteed.

    March 4: As a result of Bowe signing a long-term deal, the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Branden Albert according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. 

    March 4: The Chiefs reached a five-year agreement with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal is worth $56 million with $26 million guaranteed according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com

Free-Agent Additions

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    LS Thomas Gafford re-signed—Terms not yet available.

    OG Geoff Schwartz—Terms not yet available.

    CB Sean Smith—3 years, $18 million with $11 million guaranteed.

    WR Donnie Avery—3 years, $8.55 miillion with a $1.5 million signing bonus. 

    DL Mike Devito—3 years, $12.6 million with $4.2 million signing bonus, $850,000 of his 2013 base salary guaranteed and $1 million of his 2014 base salary guaranteed for injury.

    QB Chase Daniel—3 years, $10 million with a $3 million signing bonus and just under $5 million guaranteed.

    TE Anthony Fasano—4 years, $16 million with a $4.5 million signing bonus.

    CB Dunta Robinson—3 years, $15 million with $4 million guaranteed.

    P Dustin Colquitt—5 years, $18.75 millio with $8.9 million guaranteed.

    WR Dwayne Bowe—5 years, $56 million with $26 million guaranteed.

    OT Branden Albert—franchise tag, $9.828 million guaranteed.

Free Agent Subtractions

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    Defensive end Glenn Dorsey agreed to sign with the San Francisco 49ers according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Chiefs Sign Defensive Back Dunta Robinson

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    The Chiefs got started early by signing cornerback Dunta Robinson before free agency even started. Robinson was eligible to sign before the start of the new league year because he was released by the Atlanta Falcons

    Robinson's contract is worth more than $15 million with $4 million guaranteed according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Tribune. That's very affordable and enables the Chiefs to spend more on the secondary if they desire.

    Perhaps the best thing about Robinson is that he will gives the versatility the Chiefs need in the secondary. Robinson should play safety for the Chiefs to maximize his talents, and could also be used in nickel and dime situations as a cornerback depending on the match-up. 

    Grade: B

Chiefs Sign Tight End Anthony Fasano

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    The Chiefs tried and failed to address the tight end position last season by signing Kevin Boss. Scott Pioli took the risk on the injury-prone Boss and got burned when he got a concussion and was unable to return to action. 

    John Dorsey decided to sign tight end Anthony Fasano, who has been a solid starter for the Miami Dolphins for the past five seasons. Fasano has also only missed four games in the past five seasons, so the Chiefs have reason to believe he'll be able to stay on the field.

    Fasano's contract is worth $16 million over four years with a $4.5 million signing bonus. Fasano will make a little more than $5 million per year on average which is a good chunk for a tight end, but the Chiefs are getting a lot for their money.

    Fasano is a reliable receiver who caught 41 passes in 2012 and scored five touchdowns. Fasano has averaged 35 catches and five touchdowns over the past five seasons, so the production is quite predictable. Not only is Fasano a solid receiver, but he's a good blocker. 

    ProFootballFocus graded Fasano as one of the top six tight ends run blocking from 2008-2011, with only a small drop-off in 2012. Fasano has only allowed five sacks in the last five years and is routinely one of the most efficient pass-blocking tight ends in the league according to ProFootballFocus.

    Fasano is one of those rare tight ends that can do it all. Count on Fasano becoming Alex Smith's security blanket in the passing game and an asset in the run game. Fasano should routinely help Jamaal Charles get to the outside where he is most dangerous in the run game.

    Grade: A

Chiefs Sign Quarterback Chase Daniel

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    The Chiefs traded for arguably the best quarterback available via trade in Alex Smith prior to the start of free agency. John Dorsey and Andy Reid could have stopped there, but they didn't. The Chiefs also signed arguably the best quarterback available via free agency in Chase Daniel.

    At least the Chiefs are doing everything they can to address the quarterback position as to not repeat the mistakes of Scott Pioli. 

    According to Adam Caplan, Daniel signed a two-year, $10 million contract with almost $5 million in guarantees. That's great money for a backup quarterback, which indicates that the team is hedging their bet on Smith. Clearly the Chiefs have doubts about how Smith will perform, that he will stay healthy or both.

    Daniel has completed a grand total of nine passes in his career, but he has completed seven of them. That's not a lot to of tape to judge a quarterback, which makes this signing very interesting. Four years is a long time to ride the pine, but Daneil never got his opportunity with Drew Brees playing in front of him.

    Daniel may finally get an opportunity in Kansas City if Smith can't stay healthy or struggles like he did early in his career. It's a lot of money if Daniel never plays, but as far as insurance policies go he was the best available. 

    Grade: B

Chiefs Sign Defensive Lineman Mike Devito

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    Once defensive end Glenn Dorsey became a free agent and started drawing interest from other teams there was no guarantee the Chiefs would be able to re-sign him. Free agency also presented the Chiefs with other options to fill their need for a defensive end.

    The Chiefs found their man in Mike Devito, who spent the last six years with the New York Jets. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was with the Jets during the same period and likely was instrumental in getting the Chiefs to sign him.

    According to Joel Corry of the National Football Post, Devito's deal if for three years and is worth $12.6 million with $800 of his base salary in 2013 guaranteed and $1 million of his 2014 base salary guaranteed for injury. At an average of $4.2 million per year, Devito will be making starter money.

    Devito's signing pretty much rules out any chance of Dorsey re-signing with the Chiefs, but it doesn't rule out the possibility of them drafting a defensive end. Devito may be the starter for the next couple of years at one defensive end spot, but long-term future of the other defensive end spot entirely depends on the performance of Tyson Jackson. 

    Devito is a gritty player that worked his way into a starting role over the years. Devito had at least two forced fumbles per season over the last three years, a trait the Chiefs could use. The Chiefs were tied for the worst in the league in takeaways in 2012 with just 13.

    Grade: B+