Hello Chiefs Kingdom! I’m Lucas Hampton and this is Beyond The Border Free Agency! This series is focused on free agents from beyond the borders of Chiefs Kingdom, those coming from other teams, and how they can suit up in the red and gold and be a help to the team. The first in the series will be covering what nearly every Chiefs fan sees as a HUGE need. Free Safety.
The most recent example of the gaping hole at free safety is the Wildcard game against the Indianapolis Colts. The starter at the time at free safety was Kendrick Lewis. Lewis was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. A pick made by none other than Scott Pioli, former
franchise destroyer general manager of the Chiefs, who will be taking a place as assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons on February 3rd. At the time it looked like a reserve/depth pick, a free safety in the fifth round that would provide young, teachable depth. No one would’ve guessed that Lewis would eventually be starting at free safety. He performed well considering his draft position. After the epic failure that the 2012-2013 season was and Andy Reid coming to town, bringing Bob Sutton and a new style of defense to Kansas City, Lewis was shown to be not what everyone thought. In that playoff game, using that as the most recent example in everyone’s mind, Lewis took horrible angles of pursuit, let receivers blow right by him, and blew more coverages than I can count. Fortunately, his contract with the Chiefs has expired and the Kingdom-wide hope is that he won’t be resigned. That leaves the question of who takes his place? Some will call for Mr. Dorsey to sign Jairus Byrd, an endeavor that would take some pretty clever salary cap manipulation to pull out. Other fans will call out for HaSean Clinton-Dix to be drafted. There will be yet others who may want other players. But I want to bring to you a name that many fans may not know: Stevie Brown.
Brown was drafted in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. Playing a backup/reserve role in his rookie season, he was cut the following offseason and spent time on the offseaon roster with the Carolina Panthers. He spent the majority of the 2011 season with the Indianapolis Colts. He signed a one year deal with the New York Giants and filled in for the injured Kenny Phillips in 2012. As of week 8 of that season, Brown led the entire league in turnovers with 5 interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He finished the season with 8 interceptions, two NFC defensive player of the week awards, 4th highest total interception return yards in NFL history with 307 and his 8 interceptions was second most in a single season for the Giants in franchise history. At the start of the 2013 free agency period, he signed a one year restricted free agent tender with the Giants. He ended the 2013 season on injured reserve after tearing his ACL in his left knee and thereby effecting the fantasy football value of the Giants defense.
Given the Chiefs’ tight cap situation coming up, Stevie Brown looks to be a viable option to sign for a lower price than what most big names would command. His tender with the Giants was 2.023 million dollars. He probably would ask for a similar price from any team interested in signing him, seeing as his 2013 season was cut off short, his 2012 performance would be his base to make his case from (Oh look at that rhyming!). He’s a young player who has seen some significant playing time and has come up with some impressive stats. He looks like he would be a great fit in Bob Sutton’s attacking 3-4 defense where his propensity for interceptions would come in handy and pair up nicely with Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, and Dontari Poe tearing into opposing offensive lines. Perhaps Mr. Dorsey will bring him to Kansas City where he can suit up in the red and gold and redeem himself from his time in Oakland and bring a solid starter to the defensive backfield for several years.
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