Despite talks of a visit to Kansas City, free agent safety Danieal Manning, who was cut by the Houston Texans on Monday, is reported to have finalized a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. This might be discouraging news to Chiefs fans, who know that the safety spot opposite Eric Berry is a glaring hole on the defense right now.
This comes on the heels of the Emmanuel Sanders debacle, which resulted in the Chiefs missing out on an opportunity to fill another need at wide receiver. The Chiefs also backed out of the Desean Jackson race without making any real effort to sign him and leaving the Chiefs Kingdom feeling a little letdown. In addition, the Chiefs did not pursue other free agents who could immediately step in, such as Bernard Pollard, Alterraun Verner, Golden Tate, Jared Allen, DeMarcus Ware, or even re-signing Geoff Schwartz.
Considering the numerous free agency losses (Jon Asamoah, Branden Albert, Dexter McCluster, Geoff Schwartz, Tyson Jackson, Quintin Demps, Kendrick Lewis), and their minimal free agency signings (Vance Walker, Joe Mays, Joe McKnight, Jeff Linkenbach, re-signing Hussain Abdullah), it appears that GM John Dorsey is preparing to fill some holes in the lineup through the draft. However, the Chiefs only have 6 picks in this year’s draft.
I am guessing that Dorsey might be considering draft day trades to add picks or a cheap veteran presence, which is understandable given that the Chiefs only have $4.5 million in salary cap space left. Considering that they still have to sign their draft picks, this gives them a reasonable amount of money to pick up a low-cost veteran to fill a gap somewhere. Also, considering that receivers and defensive backs generally need time to adapt to the speed of the NFL, I would prefer the Chiefs fill those positions with a veteran first.
Which position should the Chiefs target for an inexpensive veteran? Go Chiefs!!!