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Predicting Chiefs' Starting Lineup After the First Wave of Free-Agent Signings
Ed Zurga/Associated Press|Edited by Brett Gering

If you nodded to Pharrell's "Happy" this week and finished the song, it probably wasn't near a Kansas City Chiefs fan—Siri would've endured a glass-shattering frisbee toss while you Liam Neeson-ed your way out of strangulation via earbud cord. 

To said doomsday-prepping pessimists: The Chiefs' starting lineup still resembles a playoff contender. Pick your shoulders up, Eeyore. 

While it's true that then-free agent Emmanuel Sanders stiff-armed John Dorsey and Co., the Chiefs have plucked two surefire starters, Vance Walker and Joe Mays, from the talent pool. Add in the additions of Joe McKnight and Jeff Linkenbach, as well as the much-needed re-signing of Husain Abdullah, and Kansas City's list of offseason additions could've been considerably worse. 

Dorsey still has unfinished business with free agency, and the upcoming draft is sure to add another round of Day 1 playmakers, but remember this: The Chiefs' roster still includes six 2014 Pro Bowlers—a number that would've bested that of 29 teams last year.  

Obviously, Pro Bowls are hardly the end-all, be-all, but the above hypothetical reminds one that the Chiefs' roster is still overflowing with talent.

One glance at the projected starters will, if nothing else, offer a slice of the sought-after solace that Arrowhead addicts have been longing for.


Statistics provided by Pro Football Focus (subscription required). Contract information provided by Spotrac

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