Chiefs Free Agents 2013: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go


Hello Chiefs Nation!  It’s getting closer to Christmas and the end of the season.  And with every end, comes a new beginning.  Hopefully our new beginning will be one to be remembered for the ages.  A new GM, a new HC, a new OC, and most importantly, a shiny new QB!

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Today we’ll be examining the current Chiefs players whom will be restricted/unrestricted free agents in 2013.  There are currently 20 players on the roster whose contract expires at the end of the season.

I’m not going to go into detail with these players in regards to pros and cons, as this list is somewhat long.  If you feel any of these players should be re-signed or free to go about their business elsewhere, feel free to make your opinion heard in the comments section below.

#76 Branden Albert T – Drafted 15th overall in 2008 – A solid tackle, can build the OL around him.  I think it would be wise to offer a contract extension to him.

#82 Dwayne Bowe WR – Drafted 23rd overall in 2007 – A solid WR, he has produced 1,000+ yard seasons in 3 of his 5 years in KC.  Bowe was a preseason holdout in 2012, wanting more money, however he was tagged as the franchise player, and eventually stopped his holdout and started in 2012 regular season.  Many fans want him re-signed and many fans don’t.  Bowe will probably not return to the Chiefs next season.

#2 Dustin Colquitt P – Drafted 3rd round of the 2005 draft – Dustin has been the last line of defense for the Chiefs defense for 8 years.  His top notch punting has pinned many teams inside their 10 or 20 yard line numerous times throughout his career.  The Chiefs should retain his services and I highly recommend getting a deal done to keep him on the roster in 2013.

#34 Travis Daniels CB – Drafted 4th round in 2005.  Hasn’t had a stellar or standout career in the NFL and is currently on IR.  Chiefs do no disservice to themselves by not re-signing Daniels for next season.

#72 Glenn Dorsey DE –  The Kansas City Chiefs selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.  Dorsey has had an injury plagued career thus far, and has failed to live up to the expectation of him as the 5th overall pick in 2008.  He was recently re-injured, after missing most of 2012 anyhow due to injury, and has since been put on injured reserved.  Retaining him next year is probably a gamble not worth taking.

#27 Abe Elam S – Came into the league in 2005 with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent.  In 2008 he was awarded Kyle Clifton Good Guy Award (2008).  The Chiefs are his 5th team of his career.  He is able to play at a level to maintain a roster spot, however the Chiefs have the option to re-sign him or allow him to walk.  He has been a stable Safety in 2012, but not a difference maker.

#43 Thomas Gafford LS – 2005 undrafted free agent joining the Green Bay Packers.  Currently the long snapper for the Chiefs.  Re-signing or letting him become a free agent will do no harm, nor will it win them a Super Bowl.

#40 Peyton Hillis RB – Drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Denver Donkeys (Broncos).  Signed in March 2012 by the Chiefs, Peyton has hardly lived up to the expectations had for him this year.  Chiefs can either re-sign him, or let him walk.  Peyton has spent half the season to date injured, and really hasn’t been a force in the run game.  I expect the Chiefs to let him walk at season end.

#66 Ross Hochstein G – Selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft.  Hasn’t seen much playing time this year, and I see no reason to offer him an extension next year.

#99 Edgar Jones LB – He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2007.  Jones signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on July 29, 2012.  He has been a solid backup at the ILB position, but not a big playmaker.  Re-signing him is debatable.

#65 Ryan Lilja G – He was signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2004.  He has also played for the Colts, then came back to Kansas City.  Ryan has been a decent replacement center for the Chiefs this year.  Starting center Rodney Hudson went dow early in the year with injury and Ryan was moved from guard to center where he has made the transition.  Playing center has been a learning experience.  A few botched snaps resulting in fumbles has hindered stellar play from him.  I would consider offering a contract extension just to have an able veteran backup.

#87 Steve Maneri TE – He was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2010.  On September 5, he was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs. During the 2012 offseason, his position was changed to Tight End.  Steve was an OL prior to coming to KC.  Re-signing him is not a priority.

#64 Bryan Mattison C – He was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2008.  On September 26, 2012, he was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs.  He provided depth at Center, but other than that, he has no value and probably won’t be re-signed.

#41 Kyle McCarthy DB – He was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2010. The Kansas City Chiefs signed him on February 14, 2012.  He was put in IR on July 30, 2012 due to a knee injury.  He is expendable, and the Chiefs will probably expend him.

#85 Jake O’Connel TE – O’Connell was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh-round in the 2009 NFL Draft.  Jake has 3 reception for 18 yards on the year and is currently on injured reserve.  Re-signing him is not a priority.

#75 Ropati Pitoitua DE – He was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2008.  Pitoitua was then signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on May 8, 2012.  He has done nicely at the DE position for the Chiefs.  Not a big playmaker, but definitely a contributer.  If the Chiefs do not re-sign him, expect a DE being drafted in the 4 – 7 round range.

#9 Brady Quinn QB – The 22nd pick in the 2007 draft by the Cleveland Browns.  Signed with the Chiefs on March 17, 2012.  For the first half of the season he played a backup role before being named starter for the reminder of the season.  Brady Quinn was named AFC Player of the Week for week 12 of the season.  Assuming he finishes the final games with good stats, he may get an extension offer, or re-signed at the end of the year.

#83 Martin Rucker TE – He was chosen by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.  Rucker signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on May 16, 2012, and was placed on the injured reserve list on June 13, 2012 with a torn ACL.  Keeping Martin would add depth to the TE position, but with an ACL tear, his productivity would be questionable.  No opinion on whether to re-sign or not.

#52 Brandon Siler LB – He was chosen by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft.  On July 31, 2011, Siler signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.  He has a total of 9 tackles in 2012 as of present time.  In my opinion, he is expendable.

#90 Shaun Smith DT – He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2003.  Smith has been a member of the Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Las Vegas Locomotives, Kansas City Chiefs, and Tennessee Titans.  Smith re-signed with The Kansas City Chiefs on November 5, 2012.  Smith has been known to play dirty and grab other players genitals in order to achieve the unknown.  He solidifies the defensive line and has made no major impact worth noting, since re-joining the Chiefs.

Special thanks to all my sources for this info:,,, and, for the contract info and some of the players’ bio information.


This list does not include current practice squad players.

For information purposes only.


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