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    As we saw in their playoff game against the Colts and their overall performance after the bye week, there are still a bunch of holes to fill on this team. The offense really came on strong at the end of the year and performed well against some pretty decent defenses. The offense could use a couple tweaks and perhaps some WR help to go along with an OL move or two. But it's extremely obvious where the primary focus of this offseason should be. After the bye week, if this defense wasn't getting turnovers, they were getting absolutely dominated. There is no excuse for a team who benefited from 4 turnovers and scored 44 points to EVER LOSE THAT GAME! You can't play a man defense lined up 13 yards off the receiver... that makes no sense what so ever.

    The problem this Chiefs team has going into the offseason is that they have the third highest projected payroll in the league. There is no room to maneuver in free agency AND that's not including re-signing Branden Albert. There are WAY too many holes on this team to tie up $10m in Albert, $12m in Bowe, and many others that don't contribute at a level their salary would suggest. So, I wrote this article to sort of lay out scenarios and or suggestions that would allow the Chiefs to fill some holes and become a much better team than they were in 2013.

    I am going to list the players that I think the Chiefs should part with. I will list their 2014 cap number and how much the Chiefs would save by cutting that player.


    Dwayne Bowe- 12m/(-4.25m)
    Dunta Robinson- 5.3m/+3.3m
    Tamba Hali- 11.4m/+5.5
    *(Branden Albert) Free Agent projected at 9m/yr

    Obviously I'm not going to suggest a straight release of guys like Bowe or Hali. However, Dunta Robinson is an obvious cut candidate. Cooper has taken that #3 CB from Robinson and the Chiefs will surely add depth over the offseason in that secondary. Nobody is going to have any trade interest in the guy, so releasing him is probably the move.

    The Chiefs are sitting at $121m committed for next season. The salary cap is projected to be somewhere in the $120s. Remember, that number is WITHOUT Branden Albert for next season... and without adding any additional help. How in the world is this team going to get better with no room to operate?

    I propose a trade of Dwayne Bowe to Cleveland for either their 2nd 1st round pick or their 2nd round pick. Dwayne Bowe has a $16.25m "dead money" number. This means that if the Chiefs were to cut him outright, they'd still have to pay his $12m cap number PLUS an additional $4m on top of that... so, basically, the Chiefs would have to pay $16m for him NOT to play for the team. The Chiefs have holes to fill and no 2nd round pick with which to help. The Chiefs will be picking 24th in the draft and NEED more picks. Cleveland will get the Colts' 1st rd pick for their trade of Richardson. Cleveland will probably take a QB with their first pick and will want a good #2 WR to help out their rookie QB. Cleveland has plenty of cap space and the need for a guy like Bowe who's skill set does not fit with Andy Reid's offensive system. Not only does this move net the Chiefs a late 1st/early 2nd round pick, but it clears $16m for the Chiefs to do something with. Dwayne Bowe produced at a below average level but was paid like a top 20 WR. I don't think it is unreasonable for a franchise who pays a guy like an elite WR to expect that player to perform at an elite level. Bowe's 2013 production can be replaced by an average FA who can be signed for a fraction of the price. Sloppy routes, not fighting for the ball, not coming back to the ball, poor production, and just simply not caring about his craft now that he's been paid are all reasons why I would deem Bowe expendable.

    The other move I would at least explore is a trade of Tamba Hali. While it's not a trade that necessarily HAS to be made, getting the large bounty he would bring back PLUS the $11.4m in cap space he would free up would allow the Chiefs even more flexibility to fill the holes. Think of what a Jared Allen bounty would bring to this Chiefs team who has made a dramatic turnaround this season. Hali's production would be difficult to replace and I'm not trying to imply he means as little as Bowe does, but with Houston already on one side, and Poe becoming an elite NT, finding a younger, cheaper option and reapplying those resources to other areas of need may not be the worst move and would definitely be worth exploring just to see what the market bears. The last time we traded an elite pass rusher, we ended up with Branden Albert and Jamaal Charles... just sayin. If the Chiefs can get a 1st and 3rd for Hali, I think I'd pull that trigger.

    These 3 moves combined would net the Chiefs $31m in cap space and 3 draft picks in the first 3 rounds to go along with the 2 they already have. 5 picks in the first 3 rounds and that kind of cap space would more than replace the lost production and would help the Chiefs shore up other positions of need in the secondary and WR corpse.

    It may seem counterproductive to some to remove a guy like Bowe from a group that you're trying to improve. But when you're trying to to feed a starving person on a limited budget, you don't reach for the caviar first. You apply those funds in a smarter, more productive way... because folks, our defensive secondary and WR group IS starving. Whatever holes you aren't able to fill through free agency, you just start filling them in the draft.

    Oh, and I wouldn't re-sign Branden Albert. You just spent the #1 pick in the draft on an OT. Putting him on the right side has been horrible for his production. Get him back on the left side, make Stephenson your RT and let this group of young offensive linemen develop together as a unit and lock them up in long-term deals. There is absolutely no reason to have almost $40m locked up in Bowe, Hali, Albert, and Robinson. If this cluster isn't fixed, the Chiefs will need some other kind of miracle to see any kind of improvement between this year and next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seek View Post
    Bye Bye Dunta Robinson. Make sure to move your slow ace out of the way before the door before it hits you on the way out. Hopefully you wont hurt your self. That guy is horribly slow.

    Eric Berry needs to restructure or he can miss numerous tackles on another team and be a leader in the locker room but not on the field.
    Agreed, on both counts. Dunta says all the right things in front of the camera, but unfortunately it didn't show up on the field, especially when we needed it.

    If Berry is willing to re-structure it'd really help the team out a lot.

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    I would love it if Berry would restructure, but I am not holding my breath. Multiple Pro-bowl players (no matter what you think of the selection process) rarely admit they are overpaid. Renegotiating to a more cap friendly contract? Maybe. But keep in mind there are many teams out there that would pay him his current salary or more to play with them, and I am sure he (and more importantly his agent) is well aware of that fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brdempsey69 View Post
    I doubt that will happen. Albert will go to the highest bidder (sucker) and I hope it's not the Chiefs. He's already turned down contract offers from the Chiefs twice. Time to part ways and move on.

    I really believe that Fisher will be more productive at LT than RT, but maybe they do go with Stephenson at LT and Fisher at RT in 2014. Either way, the Chiefs have two young athletic Tackles for many years to come & Albert wasn't missed at all when he was hurt making him expendable.
    RT or LT, the big question with me is what shape is Fisher going to come back in after his first offseason. My hope is that he'll take a look at what Dontari Poe did in his first offseason. Fisher proved he was the grown up last April when he said he'd be okay with playing different positions, and also proved he was willing to get better as the season went on (take a look at the first Denver game, then compare it to the second) now it's time to prove that when mini camps/OTA's start this spring that he's focused on living up to his draft status.

    Stephenson's been really reliable, and willing to play any spot on the line. If a competetion did happen in camp for the LT spot and he got it, wouldn't complain.

    The other O-linemen I'd like to see dig into an offseason program would be Allen. It might be the thing that turns him into a standout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texaschief View Post
    As we saw in their playoff game against the Colts and their overall performance after the bye week, there are still a bunch of holes to fill on this team. The offense really came on strong at the end of the year and performed well against some pretty decent defenses. The offense could use a couple tweaks and perhaps some WR help to go along with an OL move or two. But it's extremely obvious where the primary focus of this offseason should be. After the bye week, if this defense wasn't getting turnovers, they were getting absolutely dominated. There is no excuse for a team who benefited from 4 turnovers and scored 44 points to EVER LOSE THAT GAME! You can't play a man defense lined up 13 yards off the receiver... that makes no sense what so ever.

    The problem this Chiefs team has going into the offseason is that they have the third highest projected payroll in the league. There is no room to maneuver in free agency AND that's not including re-signing Branden Albert. There are WAY too many holes on this team to tie up $10m in Albert, $12m in Bowe, and many others that don't contribute at a level their salary would suggest. So, I wrote this article to sort of lay out scenarios and or suggestions that would allow the Chiefs to fill some holes and become a much better team than they were in 2013.

    I am going to list the players that I think the Chiefs should part with. I will list their 2014 cap number and how much the Chiefs would save by cutting that player.


    Dwayne Bowe- 12m/(-4.25m)
    Dunta Robinson- 5.3m/+3.3m
    Tamba Hali- 11.4m/+5.5
    *(Branden Albert) Free Agent projected at 9m/yr

    Obviously I'm not going to suggest a straight release of guys like Bowe or Hali. However, Dunta Robinson is an obvious cut candidate. Cooper has taken that #3 CB from Robinson and the Chiefs will surely add depth over the offseason in that secondary. Nobody is going to have any trade interest in the guy, so releasing him is probably the move.

    The Chiefs are sitting at $121m committed for next season. The salary cap is projected to be somewhere in the $120s. Remember, that number is WITHOUT Branden Albert for next season... and without adding any additional help. How in the world is this team going to get better with no room to operate?

    I propose a trade of Dwayne Bowe to Cleveland for either their 2nd 1st round pick or their 2nd round pick. Dwayne Bowe has a $16.25m "dead money" number. This means that if the Chiefs were to cut him outright, they'd still have to pay his $12m cap number PLUS an additional $4m on top of that... so, basically, the Chiefs would have to pay $16m for him NOT to play for the team. The Chiefs have holes to fill and no 2nd round pick with which to help. The Chiefs will be picking 24th in the draft and NEED more picks. Cleveland will get the Colts' 1st rd pick for their trade of Richardson. Cleveland will probably take a QB with their first pick and will want a good #2 WR to help out their rookie QB. Cleveland has plenty of cap space and the need for a guy like Bowe who's skill set does not fit with Andy Reid's offensive system. Not only does this move net the Chiefs a late 1st/early 2nd round pick, but it clears $16m for the Chiefs to do something with. Dwayne Bowe produced at a below average level but was paid like a top 20 WR. I don't think it is unreasonable for a franchise who pays a guy like an elite WR to expect that player to perform at an elite level. Bowe's 2013 production can be replaced by an average FA who can be signed for a fraction of the price. Sloppy routes, not fighting for the ball, not coming back to the ball, poor production, and just simply not caring about his craft now that he's been paid are all reasons why I would deem Bowe expendable.

    The other move I would at least explore is a trade of Tamba Hali. While it's not a trade that necessarily HAS to be made, getting the large bounty he would bring back PLUS the $11.4m in cap space he would free up would allow the Chiefs even more flexibility to fill the holes. Think of what a Jared Allen bounty would bring to this Chiefs team who has made a dramatic turnaround this season. Hali's production would be difficult to replace and I'm not trying to imply he means as little as Bowe does, but with Houston already on one side, and Poe becoming an elite NT, finding a younger, cheaper option and reapplying those resources to other areas of need may not be the worst move and would definitely be worth exploring just to see what the market bears. The last time we traded an elite pass rusher, we ended up with Branden Albert and Jamaal Charles... just sayin. If the Chiefs can get a 1st and 3rd for Hali, I think I'd pull that trigger.

    These 3 moves combined would net the Chiefs $31m in cap space and 3 draft picks in the first 3 rounds to go along with the 2 they already have. 5 picks in the first 3 rounds and that kind of cap space would more than replace the lost production and would help the Chiefs shore up other positions of need in the secondary and WR corpse.

    It may seem counterproductive to some to remove a guy like Bowe from a group that you're trying to improve. But when you're trying to to feed a starving person on a limited budget, you don't reach for the caviar first. You apply those funds in a smarter, more productive way... because folks, our defensive secondary and WR group IS starving. Whatever holes you aren't able to fill through free agency, you just start filling them in the draft.

    Oh, and I wouldn't re-sign Branden Albert. You just spent the #1 pick in the draft on an OT. Putting him on the right side has been horrible for his production. Get him back on the left side, make Stephenson your RT and let this group of young offensive linemen develop together as a unit and lock them up in long-term deals. There is absolutely no reason to have almost $40m locked up in Bowe, Hali, Albert, and Robinson. If this cluster isn't fixed, the Chiefs will need some other kind of miracle to see any kind of improvement between this year and next.

    Thank God you are not the GM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jap1 View Post
    I would love it if Berry would restructure, but I am not holding my breath. Multiple Pro-bowl players (no matter what you think of the selection process) rarely admit they are overpaid. Renegotiating to a more cap friendly contract? Maybe. But keep in mind there are many teams out there that would pay him his current salary or more to play with them, and I am sure he (and more importantly his agent) is well aware of that fact.


    This, I highly doubt. If there is such a team, then the Chiefs should pull the trigger on a trade & get a draft pick in return. But it won't happen, because there aren't any teams willing to pay a Safety as much money as the Chiefs are paying Berry and he's not head and shoulders above a whole slew of other starting Strong Safeties in the NFL. Safeties are a dime a dozen and you can get good Safeties anywhere in the draft. Don't expect Dorsey/Reid to ever draft a Safety in round 1.

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    Albert is gone. Bowe's contract is untradeable. Nobody is going to give up draft picks to pick up a bad contract. Keep Schwartz, McCluster is possible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IowaChief View Post
    Thank God you are not the GM.

    lol who's this guy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brdempsey69 View Post
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    This, I highly doubt. If there is such a team, then the Chiefs should pull the trigger on a trade & get a draft pick in return. But it won't happen, because there aren't any teams willing to pay a Safety as much money as the Chiefs are paying Berry and he's not head and shoulders above a whole slew of other starting Strong Safeties in the NFL. Safeties are a dime a dozen and you can get good Safeties anywhere in the draft. Don't expect Dorsey/Reid to ever draft a Safety in round 1.
    Other teams would pay him that much, but they wouldn't pay him AND give up the draft picks. Same thing as Bowe. Other teams would give him the kind of contract we did, but not the contract AND draft picks that would give us something worthwhile in a trade.

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    I would think McCluster would look for a contract a little smaller than Devin Hester's last contract, and I am sure Toub would be pushing for it as well. Reid knows his value, after all he did get a few reps at RB when Davis went down. I see him getting paid 1.5-2 mil a year with a big signing bonus on the open market. He will prob give a bit of a hometown discount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jap1 View Post
    Other teams would pay him that much, but they wouldn't pay him AND give up the draft picks. Same thing as Bowe. Other teams would give him the kind of contract we did, but not the contract AND draft picks that would give us something worthwhile in a trade.
    What other teams? There isn't a single other team that is going to pay a Safety 10 mil. per year. Buffalo doesn't want to do it with Jarius Byrd and he is every bit as good a player as Berry is. Dashon Goldson didn't get that from TB.

    Berry getting 10 mill. a year was a one-trick pony via a pig-headed Scott Pioli and his steadfast refusal to take O-Lineman in round 1 under the old CBA. It's highly doubtful that you will see any Safety getting offered 10 per season via FA any time soon and highly unlikely that Dorsey/Reid will offer that type of coin to Berry once his contract is up.

    Bowe got his payday because the Chiefs didn't have anybody else at WR at the time. He simply lucked out, there.

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