Hello Chiefs Kingdom! Lucas Hampton here coming at you with a special edition of Beyond The Border Free Agency! I have entitled this post the WAT edition because that is my reaction and I’m sure a similar sentiment to what Chiefs Kingdom as a whole is feeling. With no further delay, let’s get down to it!
The 2014 NFL Season officially kicked off March 11 at 3pm central time, or as I like to call it, Arrowhead Time. Within the first 90 minutes of the free agency period, several big names had come off the market and several new ones had been introduced. It wasn’t long before news broke that several former Chiefs’ players had signed elsewhere. Wide Receiver/Running Back/Kick Returner Dexter McCluster (What a lengthy job title…) had signed a new contract with the Tennessee Titans. Former Defensive End Tyson Jackson joined the ranks of the Atlanta Falcons. Former Right Guard Jon Asamoah was also taken under the Falcons’ wing. Former Left Tackle Branden Albert signed with the Miami Dolphins, giving them peace and stability at the position after a rather tumultuous season. One guy who I was pretty upset about leaving was former Guard Geoff Schwartz who signed in the Big Apple with the New York Giants.
There is a very good reason why these guys were all allowed to walk and to find other teams. We just may not know all those reasons. It could have been because of a tight cap situation. Perhaps the coaching staff or management didn’t like the players. Perhaps it was the issue of scheme fit. Only John Dorsey and Andy Reid know for sure.
Then came the Emmanuel Sanders debacle. For those who don’t know, Sanders spent two days in Kansas City, had a deal worked out in principle, then his agent shopped it to the other interested teams and then Sanders signed in Denver. Reports from Sander’s agent say that no deal had been reached in any form but perhaps one day the truth will be known and that dirty negotiations can be stopped.
Kansas City signed a few players finally after a few days. The most notable ones, by that meaning they are more than just training camp fillers, are Offensive Lineman Jeff Linkenbach previously of the Indianapolis Colts and Vance Walker previously from the Oakland Raiders. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Walker produced 36 Quarterback pressures last season. That is almost the same amount that Tyson Jackson has in his career. While Walker played Defensive Tackle, he will be playing the vacant Defensive End spot left by Jackson.
There are rumors circulating around Chiefs Kingdom that a fan favorite may be gone very soon. There are two names that come up as likely possibilities. I’ll be doing a two part exploration of both names shortly. At the end of it all, this round of free agency has left me saying: “WAT”
As always Chiefs Kingdom, thank you for reading and…