Breaking Down Kansas City Chiefs' Prospects in 2011 Free Agency: Skill Positions

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Breaking Down Kansas City Chiefs' Prospects in 2011 Free Agency: Skill Positions
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With the NFL back open for business, many teams have hit the ground running in an effort to make up for lost time – four months lost time courtesy of our favorite summer soap opera.

Some teams are looking at weak spots on their rosters – particularly at quarterback – and are in the headlines as trade rumors project more than a couple notable signal-callers changing hands.

Others are preparing to open their pocketbooks and spend (in many cases, overspend) on big name free agent veterans, hoping to find the premier talent that will put their ball club over the top.

And everyone is in a frenzy to sign the undrafted rookie free agents, looking for the next Rod Smith, Brian Waters, or Tim Brown – a game-changer somehow overlooked in the NFL Draft.

For the Kansas City Chiefs, this year’s shopping spree should continue their history of bargain shopping. While the Chiefs might spend heavily on one team’s free agent, the bulk of their extra $30 million in cap space will likely go to extending their own talent – players like Tamba Hali or Brandon Flowers – or finding role players to fill in the gaps like with Thomas Jones in 2010.

That being said, there’s no reason to think Kansas City can’t or won’t be busy with more big names on the market than the NFL has seen in nearly 20 years. What’s more, there’s value to be had at nearly every position group for the Chiefs. That said, here’s the first part of a position-by-position look at potential free agent targets for the reigning AFC West Champion.

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