The Chiefs have 51 players under contract entering the final weekend before the start of free agency. It’s a list comprised of 24 offensive players, 24 defensive players and three specialists.
Free agency floodgates open Tuesday, March 13th at 3:00 PM (CST) and the Chiefs are expected to be active.
Here’s the state of each position, followed by the depth chart as it stands today, as the big day approaches.
Offensive Players Under Contract (24)
Quarterbacks (2) – The Chiefs will add a quarterback to the roster, we know that much. The intrigue lies in who that player will be.
Peyton Manning rumors are running rampant. In addition,
Running Backs (3) – Kansas City is in the market for a running back with hammerheads
Chiefs GM Scott Pioli spoke highly of this year’s running back class at the NFL Scouting Combine. If the Chiefs don’t get their guy through free agency, look for reinforcements this April. Also,
Fullbacks (1) – There are a ton of question marks at the fullback position, none being more relevant than new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s view of the position.
Daboll used versatile rookie Charles Clay in Miami’s offense last season. The Chiefs currently don’t have a player who fits Clay’s mold.
Tight Ends (3) – The Chiefs could use a proven veteran at the position with
Former offensive tackle
Wide Receivers (7) – Kansas City’s receiving core is strong heading into 2012 now that
The team could use help in the slot with Breaston playing the majority of his snaps on the outside last season. Depth is also an issue.
Offensive Tackles (2) –
Guards/Centers (6) – Both starting guards are set to return and it appears the team is ready to hand the starting job at center to
Defensive Players Under Contract (24)
Defensive Ends (4) – Starters
Nose Tackles (2) – This is the biggest position of need on the defensive side of the football.
If the Chiefs don’t add a starter through free agency, expect mock drafts to light up with Dontari Poe predictions. A Poe and a Powe at the same position could get confusing.
Outside Linebackers (5) – Pro Bowler
Outside of Johnson and Belcher, the Chiefs have room for addition.
Free agent addition or draft pick? There’s an argument for either. The Chiefs have yet to draft an inside linebacker under Pioli’s watch.
Cornerback (5) – All eyes will be on
Overshadowed by Carr’s contract status,
Safeties (4) –
With Berry coming off knee surgery and Lewis undergoing off-season shoulder surgery, the Chiefs must enter the summer feeling good about their third and fourth options at the position. Key safety as the team’s most underrated position of need.
Specialists Under Contract (3)
Kicker/Punter/Long Snapper (3) – Its status quo on special teams with the exception of new coaches Tom McMahon and Derius Swinton.
Unoffical Depth Chart Heading Into Free Agency
*indicates player ended 2011 season on practice squad
|WR||15||Steve Breaston||89||Jonathan Baldwin||11|
|LG||65||66||* ||74||*Lucas Patterson|
|C||61||Rodney Hudson||60||* |
|TE||81||Tony Moeaki||85||87||Steve Maneri|
|WR||82||Dwayne Bowe||10||84||* |
|RB||25||Jamaal Charles||22||Dexter McCluster||32|
|NT||95||Jerrell Powe||98||*Anthony Toribio|
|LDE||94||Tyson Jackson||97||Allen Bailey|
|ROLB||91||Tamba Hali||55||Cameron Sheffield||51||Gabe Miller|
|RILB||56||Derrick Johnson||93||Cory Greenwood||57||*Caleb Campbell|
|LOLB||50||Justin Houston||96||Andy Studebaker|
|RCB||X||21||Javier Arenas||30||Jalil Brown|
|PC||43||96||Andy Studebaker||93||Cory Greenwood|
|KC||43||Thomas Gafford||96||Andy Studebaker||93||Cory Greenwood|
|PR||21||Javier Arenas||22||Dexter McCluster|
|KR||21||Javier Arenas||22||Dexter McCluster|