Last season, most general managers (GM) lined free-agency’s talent pool—reel in hand—hoping to land the occasional big fish. Kansas City Chiefs GM and Duke Nukem doppelgänger John Dorsey, per my imagination, casually approached said get-together, plopped a suction hose into the water, flipped a switch, lit a Cuban and called it a day.
Unlike a year ago, the (seeming) bulk of 2014’s talent pool isn’t siphoning out to the Red Sea, though. If anything, the opposite holds true, with the Chiefs thoroughly filtering their search results and signing only a handful of foreign faces. A slew of savvy veterans, meanwhile, bid farewell to Kansas City.
But remember this: Those departures included a group of one-year wonders whose names were, at this point last spring, every bit as obscure as the current crop of newcomers.
And while some of the incoming additions will remain faces in the crowd, others will become household names, paving a path of lasting impressions along the way.
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