Last season, one trade turned the tide of public opinion, promising no brown bags would litter the sea of red anytime soon. Alex Smith reintroduced the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoff picture, and throughout the 11-5 regular-season campaign, fans' spirits were flying higher than the "Fire Pioli!" banner that orbited Arrowhead one year prior.
Will there be an encore?
Probably not. At least, not one bearing the same brand of instant implications.
That being said, general manager John Dorsey climbed the scouting ranks with the Green Bay Packers, which, like most of its successful counterparts, places a premium on the draft. And as of now, the Chiefs are set to be second-round spectators—a bittersweet byproduct of the Smith trade.
By past standards, Dorsey has an itchy trigger finger when it comes swapping assets (or liabilities, in some cases). Throughout the four years of Scott Pioli's tyrannical reign, Kansas City penned two trades—the infamous Matt Cassel deal being the only headline-grabber—and both unfolded in his first year.
Dorsey crafted three in his debut season with the team and, by all indications, netted the better return in all three instances. Collectively, the Chiefs dealt Javier Arenas, Jon Baldwin and two second-round picks for a Pro Bowl quarterback in Smith, Pro Football Focus' highest-rated fullback in Anthony Sherman and a speedy receiver in A.J. Jenkins, who flashed more potential than Kansas City's former first-rounder.
The Chiefs GM obviously has an eagle eye for talent. With that in mind, what will be the next buzzworthy transaction that lights up local sports sections?