5 Still Unsigned Free Agents Kansas City Chiefs Should Contact

Brett Gering@BrettGeringCorrespondent IJune 7, 2013

5 Still Unsigned Free Agents Kansas City Chiefs Should Contact

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    Despite an abysmal record, the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs made history by becoming the first two-win team to sprout six Pro Bowlers. John Dorsey and Andy Reid retained the nucleus of talent while vastly expanding it, but no roster is without its blemishes. 

    Spotrac estimates that Kansas City still has $4.6 million stashed in the bank.

    In order to minimize any gambles, the front office could designate the bulk of that sum as base salary, which would avoid any future dead-money penalties stemming from high-risk signings. Conversely, the majority of the $4.6 million could also be paid in the form of a signing bonus, which would allow the team to add another high-value name without depleting its current cap space.

    Regardless, there are five active free agents who could mask the Chiefs' imperfections.

Dan Koppen, C

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    Due to a broken leg, Rodney Hudson's 2012 season came to a grinding halt in Week 3.

    When on the field, he consistently oppressed the opposition. But Ryan Lilja is no longer waiting in the wings if Hudson returns to injured reserve. 

    The Chiefs attempted to circumvent the potential hazard by drafting center Eric Kush in the 2013 draft. However, sloppy fundamentals hounded the sixth-round selection throughout OTAs.

    C Eric Kush, a 6th rd pick, continues to have problems making snaps. He severely misfired a shotgun snap to Chase Daniel

    — Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) May 22, 2013

    Dan Koppen's gas tank is closer to empty than full, but he remains a ruthless pass-protector and would certainly suffice as a one-year insurance policy. Koppen sacrificed just one sack over the span of 908 plays in 2012. 

    He could also provide an additional dose of competition at left guard.


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Clinton McDonald, DT/DE

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    Tyson Jackson has never started all 16 games over the course of an NFL season, and Kansas City's defensive end depth is anemic at best.

    Marcus Dixon has only managed to tally 15 career tackles in three seasons, and Allen Bailey is a situational pass-rusher. Seventh-round rookie Mike Catapano faces an uphill climb while jumping from the Ivy League to the pros.

    Clinton McDonald would bolster the unit's reserves at a bargain-bin price.

    Despite only 298 snaps, McDonald tied for 24th amongst defensive tackles with four quarterback hits last year.

    His 290-pound frame is typical for a 3-4 defensive end. And with only three years of experience, coordinator Bob Sutton could still develop McDonald into worthwhile project. 


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Bart Scott, ILB

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    Strong-side linebacker is arguably the most vulnerable position within Kansas City's defense. While free safety signifies another eyesore, the reasons don't trace back to lack of experience. 

    Fourth-round linebacker Nico Johnson could conceivably evolve into a starter by opening day, but he would storm through the tunnel without a single (regular-season) snap notched under his belt. His competition, Akeem Jordan, embodies experience—just not in a 3-4. 

    Father Time has closed the distance on Bart Scott.

    However, Kansas City's defensive coordinator, Bob Sutton, previously roamed the field as the New York Jets' linebackers coach for the past four seasons. And in those four seasons, Bart Scott doubled as the brains behind Sutton's operation.

    The veteran still registered 60 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception in 2012. He also once served as a member of the vaunted 3-4 linebacking corps of the Baltimore Ravens.

    Scott would arrive as an ideal mentor for Nico Johnson.


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Brandon Moore, G

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    On paper, Kansas City potentially boasts a top-five offensive line. When healthy, Branden Albert, Rodney Hudson and Jon Asamoah have stifled defensive fronts. Add No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher into the mix, and Alex Smith suddenly seems like he could lay a tent in the pocket without much of a disturbance.

    But an open competition still resides at left guard.

    Newcomer Geoff Schwartz is attempting to crack the starting rotation by fending off Jeff Allen. While Schwartz performed admirably (at right guard) throughout 10 contests last season, he hasn't started a game since 2010.

    Meanwhile, Allen was routinely bull-rushed and pummeled during his rookie campaign. 

    Brandon Moore represents a savvy veteran who allowed only two sacks during 1,086 snaps in 2012. Minicamps are well underway and Moore's nearing the tail-end of his career, so a team should be able to acquire him for under market value. 


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Brandon Lloyd, WR

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    Jon Baldwin's lackadaisical approach and inattention to detail have subdued his development. Donnie Avery's four-year career has been plagued by drops. 

    As a No. 2 receiver, Avery has certainly proved to be more effective than his third-year teammate, but reliability isn't a selling point for either wideout. 

    Just three years removed from leading the league in receiving yardage, Kansas City native Brandon Lloyd could make for a seamless fit in Andy Reid's receiving corps. In 15 starts (16 total games) for the New England Patriots last season, No. 85 plucked 72 passes from Tom Brady for 911 yards. 

    Lloyd is entering his 11th NFL season—he wouldn't serve as the long-term answer, but a temporary solution always trumps a permanent problem.


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