Monday marked the first day that NFL teams are allowed to begin handing out Franchise tags. The Combine begins today, and Free Agency begins in less than three weeks. The NFL off-season is getting ready to heat up, and I will bring you with another option for the Chiefs to improve their team. Could the Chiefs perhaps bring back former Safety Bernard Pollard?
Bernard Pollard began his career in Kansas City, as the Chiefs took him in the 2nd Round of the 2006 Draft out of Purdue. He would play in Kansas City for the first three years of his career, before playing in Houston and Baltimore respectively, for two years. Following the 2012 season, he would join the Tennessee Titans, and he’s set to be a free agent this year. This will Pollard’s ninth season in the NFL.
Pollard is best known for his aggression, and hard hits. During opening week of the 2008 season, Pollard delivered a hit during the 1st Quarter to Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady, Brady would not return to the game, and it was later revealed that Brady had suffered a season ending knee injury. Over the years, Pollard has earned the reputation as a “Patriots Killer”. In 2009, a hit to Wes Welker in the final game of the Regular Season caused a torn ACL and MCL, causing Welker to miss the playoffs. He would also cause injury to Rob Gronkowski and Stevan Ridley in the 2012 and 2013 AFC Conference Championship Games, respectively.
But, what exactly would Pollard bring to the Chiefs? Safety, right with Wide Receiver, is the biggest problem the Chiefs need to address in the off-season. As I mentioned, Pollard will be entering his 9th season, so he brings a veteran presence to the defense. He could provide some learning experiences to guys like Marcus Cooper. Pollard can makes plays on defense. 6 of the last 7 seasons, Pollard has recorded 90 or more tackles, and has 684 total tackles in career, along with 12 interceptions and 13 forced fumbles. The Chiefs defense thrived the first half of the season making plays, but the second half was a completely different story. A veteran like Bernard Pollard could help the consistency of the defense.
Now I’m sure Chiefs fans would love to TJ Ward or Jairus Byrd join Eric Berry and Brandon Flowers in the secondary, but due to the Chiefs cap room issues, signing one of the two would prevent them from bringing back any of their key free agents to me. To me, Bernard Pollard would be the all-around, right move.