Kansas City Chiefs May Still Wheel and Deal: If I Were a Betting Man
Let's be honest. It was highly unlikely any team in the league was going to stake a claim on Derrick Johnson, with the Chiefs tendering him at a 1st round level. Even though D.J. has inked his tender with the Chiefs, I'm still not convinced he starts the season in K.C.
Johnson's not alone. Multiple Chiefs could still be moved prior to draft day. I think the Chiefs will be more active prior to and during the draft in 2010. Check out the slide show and let me know what you think.
So much anticipation, so much athletic ability, yet such an inconsistent performer. The knock on D.J. coming out of Texas in 2005 was his poor tackling. Five years down the road, I'm not sure if Johnson's shaken that label. His demotion to 2nd and 3rd team last season left many scratching their heads. But honestly, his shortcomings on the field may just out-number his strengths.
D.J. could use a fresh start. His relationship with Todd Haley was clearly delicate, and it might be best to part ways and move on. Johnson could be appealing to teams looking for replacements at LB, including the New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, and Denver Broncos.
The Chiefs won't get first round value for D.J., but extra picks in the 2nd and 3rd rounds may be worth it.
Don't let your feathers get ruffled. Waters has been a highly productive Chief and a great ambassador for the city. The reigning Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year is highly respected, and I get that.
It may not make much sense to deal the only perceived solid cog on K.C.'s offensive line. But anyone who watched this unit last year knows Waters was clearly a notch below his usual outstanding self.
Let's just pretend for a moment that Eric Berry is off the board and the Chiefs decide to go offensive line with pick No. 5 (Okung/Bulaga). In my opinion, moving Branden Albert to Guard makes more sense than moving him to RT. At some point, the Chiefs have to address the Waters/Wiegman age issue. Dealing Waters to a contender for a bundle of picks may make all the sense in the world.
Something just doesn't feel right with Vrabel. I understand the Chiefs need a veteran leader to teach and be a locker room presence, blah, blah, blah. Let's not forget this guy skipped the "optional" workouts last spring.
Vrabel is a proud man with a winning pedigree in New England. I'm certain he's not happy in Kansas City, and to be truthful, I wasn't that happy with his play on the field last season.
There are numerous teams on the doorstep of contending who need a guy like Vrabel. As I said with D.J., certainly the Chiefs need help at L.B., and it doesn't make great conversation to thin the group anymore.
But what if K.C. could package Vrabel and a 3rd rounder to pick up a guy like Brandon Graham or Sergio Kindle? Maybe the Chiefs could transform a 4-3 DE like Derrick Morgan or Jason Pierre-Paul in to a pass-rushing OLB? Hey, I'm just throwing it out there.
For the record, I am not a Dorsey basher. The expectations that come with a No. 5 pick are tremendous, and I think Dorsey made some significant strides last season. In fact, he probably did his job better than any other defensive lineman on the roster.
The fact remains, he was drafted as a 4-3 DT and is playing a 3-4 DE. He's a square peg that hasn't fit the Chiefs' round hole. Tyson Jackson, Alex Magee, and Wallace Gilberry have to step up. And more help is needed.
I think Dorsey still has trade value. Romeo Crennel's entrance ensures the Chiefs are committed to the 3-4 long-term. If the Chiefs can move Dorsey, I think they jump. I just hope they don't short change his value. I, for one, think he can still improve.
A 7th round draft pick in 2006, Chiefs fans cannot say that Page hasn't been productive...excluding his injury-shortened 2009 season. However, the potential drafting of FS Eric Berry may signal the end of Page's time in Kansas City.
If the Chiefs don't land Berry, I wouldn't be surprised for them to look at Nate Allen in the 2nd round. They could also look for help at strong safety with a deep group in the 2nd through 5th rounds including Chad Jones, Reshad Jones, Darrell Stuckey, and Myron Rolle.
Safety was the sore thumb that stuck out for me in 2009, with absolutely horrible collective play. Granted Page wasn't on the field for the majority of the debacle. However, I'm certain changes will be made and that may include the moving of Page. Let's just hope the move for Page doesn't resemble the Bernard Pollard loss of a year ago.