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Randy Starks makes a lot of sense for the Chiefs.
Starting at defensive end, the Chiefs need a contingency plan following their failed interest in Bryant. The ex-Seattle Seahawk would have been perfect as a 5-technique end in Kansas City's 3-4 scheme.
Instead, he signed for the Jacksonville Jaguars, shunning the Chiefs.
Fortunately, there are plenty of backup options for a team looking to replace limited starter Tyson Jackson. Three in particular stand out.
Veterans Randy Starks, Pat Sims and Tony McDaniel all fit the bill as two-gap ends for a three-man line. Starks is certainly the pick of the bunch as a player who could provide more pressure, something the Chiefs anxiously want from the position.
Dorsey told Kansas City Star reporter Terez A. Paylor that Jackson's lack of impact as a pass-rusher is a concern:
I have great admiration for Tyson Jackson. I like his person and I like how he plays the game of football. I would like to see him step up a little bit as a pass rusher, I’d like to see him get some more pressure on the quarterback. With that being said, I think Tyson is a wonderful football player.
Starks can generate more of a push inside. The 30-year-old has operated as a 4-3 tackle for the last two seasons. But Starks played 3-4 end for the Miami Dolphins for four seasons from 2008-12.
The veteran is one of the true bargains on this year's market. But if the Chiefs can't land Starks, they could turn to bitter AFC West rivals the Oakland Raiders for help.
Pat Sims had a solid season for the Silver and Black in 2013, but will be on the market again. At 6'2" and 310 pounds, he is a little shorter than most 3-4 ends, but certainly has the size to absorb double-teams.
Health and consistency have been issues with Sims, and will likely keep his asking price low and in the Chiefs' range. His talent is beyond question though, making Sims worth a risk.
A more durable, but just as reasonably priced, alternative would be Tony McDaniel. Like Starks, the 6'7", 305-pounder played 3-4 end for Dolphins.
He also occupied a 5-technique role for the Seattle Seahawks in 2013. After spending big to re-sign Michael Bennett, the Seahawks are unlikely to be able to keep McDaniel, who made 15 starts for the Super Bowl champions.
Landing any of these three D-linemen would let the Chiefs comfortably move on from Jackson and get over missing out on Bryant.