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texaschief
01-04-2008, 04:47 PM
I wanted to start this thread for players we would like to or should look at this offseason. The Chiefs will be putting an enormous effort toward the offense this season and will be adding big contracts this year. They also have 10 draft picks and desperately need to have a solid draft.

So, submit names and reasons for those names if you like. I'll be putting a few names out there.

texaschief
01-04-2008, 04:52 PM
Previously posted, but relevant to this thread:


Free Agents:

Max Starks, OT UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers
Starks is young and massive. Heís 25 and is listed at 6í7Ē while weighing 337 pounds. His size and age will make him a desired player on many teamís list. A top tier tackle will always garner interest and Starks may lead the free agent class at the spot because of the high level of play he has shown on the field. The Chiefs could get him on the cheap due to a late season ending knee injury.

Alan Faneca, OG UFA, Pittsburgh Steelers
Faneca seems to be the most likely of this group to leave his current team. Rumors suggest that he plans on leaving after the season and has not discussed an extension with the Steelers. Faneca is a quality guard who has started in five Pro Bowls and been selected as a first team All-Pro five times as well. He also still has some prime seasons of his career remaining. Faneca will receive the most interest at his position, could be the most coveted offensive linemen after the season, and should also be one of the most coveted players available in all of the NFL.

Travelle Wharton, OT UFA Carolina Panthers
A late third-round selection in 2004, Wharton has developed into a solid starting left tackle. He has been a key reason for the successes that the Panthers have had, and his absence last season was a key reason for the teamís struggles. Whartonís rookie contract will expire at seasonís end, and his value on the market should be fairly strong. A quality left tackle is hard to find, and teamís looking to bolster an offensive line will have to consider Wharton. Carolina will likely make every effort to work out an extension.

Jared Allen, DE UFA, Kansas City Chiefs
Allenís sack total dropped in í06, but he still posted 7.5 and raised his tackle total a good deal. Heíll be back in Kansas City for the upcoming season, but thereís a good chance that heíll try the market out come next offseason. Heís just 25 years of age, and has shown that he is among the leagueís best at his position. Heíll be a high priority for several teams once the signing period opens.

Asante Samuel, CB UFA, New England Patriots
Samuel is quickly becoming known as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, having posted a league-best ten interceptions last season. His interception total was impressive, but so was his ability to stick to receivers on a regular basis. In the first six games of the current season, he has three picks, and has kept up his strong play, continuing to shutdown receivers and helping the Patriots to an undefeated record to this point. If Samuel is not signed to an extension, heíll command big dollars on the market, especially if he keeps the pace up.

descriptions found at http://footballsfuture.com

2008 DRAFT: These are the players the Chiefs could be lookin at in the draft.

1st RD-
Jake Long, OT Michigan-The best OT in the draft
Ryan Clady, OT Boise St.-The next best OT in the draft
Sam Baker, OT USC-3rd best OT in the draft
Malcom Jenkins, CB Ohio St.-Best CB in the draft
Glenn Dorsey, DT Miami-Probably the best player in the draft.
Darren McFadden, RB Arkansas-could be too good to pass on

2nd RD-
Jeff Otah, OT Pittsburgh
Limus Sweed, WR Texas
Mario Manningham, WR Michigan
Quentin Groves, DE Auburn
Gosder Cherilus, OT Boston College

3rd RD-
Cheevis Jackson, CB LSU
Chad Henne, QB Michigan
Drew Radovich, G USC
Tashard Choice, RB GT
Eric Young, G Tennessee
Tracy Porter, CB Indiana

texaschief
01-04-2008, 05:00 PM
Quinn Gray, 6'3, 254, 28yrs, QB, JAX- is an UFA this season and should be looked at carefully. Every time I've seen this guy play, he's impressed me.

texaschief
01-04-2008, 05:09 PM
Patrick Crayton, 6'0, 208, 28yrs WR, DALLAS- We still need more help at WR. The Chiefs shouldn't stop at Dwayne Bowe.

Andre` Davis, 6'1, 195, 28yrs WR, HOUSTON- Not only a decent WR, but he would also solve the problem at KOR/PR.

WRs in the draft that could be available in the 2nd and 3rd rounds include Limus Sweed (TEXAS), Mario Manningham (MICHIGAN), Davone Bess (HAWAII), Adarius Bowman (OK. St.), Early Doucet (LSU).

texaschief
01-04-2008, 05:15 PM
Jordan Gross, 6-4, 300, 27, OT UFA, Carolina Panthers
With Grossí contract voiding at seasonís end, the Panthers will need to increase his salary in order to keep him around. The ownership seems to agree that he deserves a pay raise, and the team appears to want to keep him around as their starting right tackle. A former first-round selection who has played well, Gross will be looking for a considerably larger check come next season.

Ryan Lilja, 6'2, 290, 26, OG UFA, Indianapolis Colts
A quality guard, Lilja is relatively young and has a Super Bowl ring to call his own. The Colts will do well to sign him to an extension, but thereís a chance that Lilja tests the market. In reality, the system that Lilja plays within is a nice fit, and he gets to protect Peyton Manning, so he could easily stay.

Jake Scott, UFA, Indianapolis Colts
Scott is the starting right guard for one of the top offensive line units in the entire NFL, and his ability to help protect Peyton Manning should equate to a nice contract number. Indianapolis has found a way to retain most of their line talent in recent seasons, and it should come as no surprise if Scott is locked into a long-term deal in the near future.

greg3564
01-04-2008, 06:07 PM
I'll wager that they don't spend any money on an impact offensive or defensive player in FA. Herm and Carl have said it time and time again, that they will "rebuild" through the draft. They've also said the "rebuilding process" will take 2-3 years. That just reinforces that statement about using the draft and not FA.

I just don't see the Chiefs spending tons of cap money to bring in top players who are going to be on the tail end of their careers when that 3 years finally roles around. I believe they will get almost all of thier players through the draft and also undrafted players.

The Chiefs have been burned repeatedly by a lot of these so called impact players. Ty Law, Patrick Surtain, Dave Rayner, Kendrell Bell, Donnie Edwards and Eddie Drummond to name a few. Throw in the big contract LJ scored and the Chiefs are definately having buyers remorse.

All speculation of course, but there has been a lot of hints by management that the draft is where they will rebuild. We'll see.

texaschief
01-04-2008, 06:55 PM
I don't think Peterson would come out and say he "errored by letting the O-line get old" and then not do everything possible to rectify the problem thru whatever means necessary. I think we'll bring in AT LEAST 2 FA O-linemen. I think they'll also make a run at Briggs although i think it's one season later than they should have.

I think they're also going to try to find a CB in free agency.

Three7s
01-04-2008, 08:14 PM
I'll wager that they don't spend any money on an impact offensive or defensive player in FA. Herm and Carl have said it time and time again, that they will "rebuild" through the draft. They've also said the "rebuilding process" will take 2-3 years. That just reinforces that statement about using the draft and not FA.

I just don't see the Chiefs spending tons of cap money to bring in top players who are going to be on the tail end of their careers when that 3 years finally roles around. I believe they will get almost all of thier players through the draft and also undrafted players.

The Chiefs have been burned repeatedly by a lot of these so called impact players. Ty Law, Patrick Surtain, Dave Rayner, Kendrell Bell, Donnie Edwards and Eddie Drummond to name a few. Throw in the big contract LJ scored and the Chiefs are definately having buyers remorse.

All speculation of course, but there has been a lot of hints by management that the draft is where they will rebuild. We'll see.
How were we burned by Donnie Edwards? He was pretty solid for us last season imo. Unlike Law or Surtain.

Even though, Herm says we're gonna rebuild through the draft, it doesn't mean that we won't get any FAs at all. I heard him in an interview on 810 WHB radio show, and he said they would get FAs as well. Just, not guys that are already past their prime.

greg3564
01-04-2008, 08:47 PM
How were we burned by Donnie Edwards? He was pretty solid for us last season imo. Unlike Law or Surtain.

Even though, Herm says we're gonna rebuild through the draft, it doesn't mean that we won't get any FAs at all. I heard him in an interview on 810 WHB radio show, and he said they would get FAs as well. Just, not guys that are already past their prime.

He was solid in the first half of the season. The second half his production went down and he battled injuries. I like Donnie Edwards and felt we should have never let him go in the first place. But his signing goes against everything Carl and Herm keep telling us about needing the team to get younger. He's 34 and was signed to a 3 year $13 million dollar contract.

texaschief
01-04-2008, 10:02 PM
He was solid in the first half of the season. The second half his production went down and he battled injuries. I like Donnie Edwards and felt we should have never let him go in the first place. But his signing goes against everything Carl and Herm keep telling us about needing the team to get younger. He's 34 and was signed to a 3 year $13 million dollar contract.

Briggs will be a nice aquisition, but i think he's already in his prime. I don't think he'll contribute much to the long-term success of this team.

m0ef0e
01-05-2008, 02:48 PM
Dang, texas. You're all over it. Good info in this thread bro. Most of what I've heard about Faneca and Lilja says that they will probably both be somewhere else next season than with their current teams.

Coach
01-05-2008, 04:04 PM
Dang, texas. You're all over it. Good info in this thread bro. Most of what I've heard about Faneca and Lilja says that they will probably both be somewhere else next season than with their current teams.
I think either of these guys would be nice. It would also impact our first pick IMO. This is a deep O-line draft.

I'm hoping that they continue to get help at WR. Not with the 1st pick, but somewhere along the line.

texaschief
01-06-2008, 12:34 AM
So, i was bored.

Looking at the FAs and rookies out there, I thought I'd put together my fantasy rebuilt O-line based on draft position.

Please note this is probably not going to be my final prediction. Just a suggestion to spark discussion.

Left Tackle- Travelle Wharton, UFA Carolina Panthers: A late third-round selection in 2004, Wharton has developed into a solid starting left tackle. He has been a key reason for the successes that the Panthers have had, and his absence last season was a key reason for the teamís struggles. I could also see Max Starks here, but the 6'8, 330 lb. OT had a season ending knee injury. Chiefs could get him on the cheap.

Left Guard- Oniel Cousins, Rookie OT UTEP: Extremely athletic...Very quick and agile...Light on his feet and slides well...Mobile with good range...Has long arms with some size potential...Flexible and a natural knee bender..Offers some versatility...He's still improving and has a ton of upside.

Size and bulk are just average...Needs to get stronger...Uses poor leverage...Not overly physical...May lack a nasty demeanor and killer instinct..Doesn't get a great push...Questionable instincts and awareness...Still needs a lot of technique work....Could also project to guard at the next level...

Born in Jamaica and didn't start playing football until his sophomore year in high school..Began his college career as a defensive tackle and just moved to the offensive line in '05...A better athlete than football player at this point and was benched in '06...Made big strides as a senior and saw his draft stock soar but is still a workout warrior...Will likely be taken earlier than he should be based more on potential than production.

Reminds me of Brian Waters as far as athletic talent, versitility and athleticism. He would have to be our 2nd round pick after taking Jake Long with our first pick...not sure we take him if a solid CB is still on the board such as Talib or McKelvin.

Center-Brian Waters, G Kansas City: How do you replace what should've been a pro bowl Center?...replace him with a versitile Guard who has been to Hawaii.

Right Guard- Ryan Lilja G UFA Indianapolis Colts:A quality guard, Lilja is relatively young and has a Super Bowl ring to call his own. The Colts will do well to sign him to an extension, but thereís a chance that Lilja tests the market. In reality, the system that Lilja plays within is a nice fit, and he gets to protect Peyton Manning, so he could easily stay.

Right Tackle- Jake Long, Rookie Michigan: I honestly have a hard time seeing Jake Long falling this far but if he does this is a no-brainer for the Chiefs. There is little or no doubt that Long is the top offensive lineman available this year but there's been some debate as to whether he is a left tackle or if he will have to move to the right side as a pro. Regardless of where he lines up Long is a terrific blocker who falls somewhere in between Joe Thomas and Levi Brown as a prospect.