On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks routed the Denver Broncos, 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII to end the 2013-2014 NFL season. That officially marks the second day of the NFL season. In another installment of Free Agency Focus, I’m going to take a look at the defensive side of the ball, and discuss a player I think can help the Chiefs secondary.
Antoine Bethea: Bethea just finished his 8th NFL season, all of those with the Indianapolis Colts. He was a 6th Round pick in the 2006 Draft, coming from Howard University. Bethea stands at just 5’11”, and weighs just over 200 pounds, but has turned out to be a very quality professional. He’s recorded at least 90 tackles in all but one season, and has 4 seasons in which he recorded at least 100 tackles. In 2007 and 2009, Bethea came away with 4 interceptions in both seasons. He has 14 interceptions in his career, and deflected 47 passes.
How could Antoine Bethea fit on this team? Very well I think. All anyone could talk about during the Chiefs 9-0 start, was how well the defense was playing. But, the defense seemed to just flat out fall apart in the 2nd half of the season. A big part of that, was due to injuries to Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. They weren’t rushing the passer like they had early in the season, giving opposing Quarterbacks longer to throw the ball. Brandon Flowers and Eric Berry both did make the Pro Bowl, but guys like Sean Smith, Kendrick Lewis, and Marcus Cooper struggled mightily at times this year. Kendrick Lewis is a free agent this year, and I for one don’t anticipate him returning to Kansas City next year. If that’s the case, the Chiefs should make a run at this guy. Bethea is no Jairus Byrd or TJ Ward who are the top free agents at the safety position, but he’s a more than capable starter. Adding Bethea to a secondary that already has 2 Pro Bowl players could bring this defense back to what it was during the first 9 games of the 2013 season, and possibly allow the Chiefs to advance deeper in the playoffs.