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Five Positions the Chiefs Need to Address According to Scouts Inc.

Left tackle: Over the past few seasons, the Chiefs have gone from having one of the best offensive lines in the NFL to one of the worst. Ever since LOT Willie Roaf retired in 2006, the offensive line has crumbled. The team also lost UFA Jordan Black last season. Even though Black is not an elite tackle, he was better than what the Chiefs had left. And their attempt to upgrade in free agency with Damion McIntosh didn’t pan out. The Chiefs need a quick fix at this position in free agency and then they also need to draft a player here to groom long term.

Offensive guard:
The guard position is in better shape than the tackle position, but they still need to start looking towards the future as well. LOG Brian Waters is still playing at a high level. ROG John Welbourn is just hanging on at this point of his career and has not been a legitimate starter at tackle or guard over the past few seasons of his career. The retirement of veteran Will Shields really hurt the continuity of the line in general. The team needs to go out and add a veteran on the right side and draft a player who can eventually become a quality starter at either guard spot.

Cornerback: The team held up fairly well last season, but the CBs are showing their age at the starting spots with veterans Ty Law and Patrick Surtain. The Chiefs don’t have one backup at cornerback who was a draft choice. They have a mix of undrafted free agents and castoffs from other teams. The Chiefs play a lot of Cover 2 in the back end and Cover 2 corners can be found littered throughout the draft. The biggest question will be the long-term stability of head coach Herm Edwards. If the Chiefs were to make a change and acquire Cover 2 corners in the draft and free agency, it would benefit them to play a similar defensive scheme in the future.

Defensive end: Starting DE Jared Allen had a Pro Bowl season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent. The team used the upgraded tender on Allen last season and he was not thrilled the team did not sign him to a long-term deal. The team could opt to use the franchise tag on Allen this offseason as well, but that will likely force a holdout from Allen, who has said it would not bother him if he had to seek a long-term deal elsewhere. The biggest issue with Allen is he is in the substance abuse program and one more strike could levy a long-term suspension. The Chiefs need to add a veteran DE to protect themselves, should they not strike a deal prior to free agency with Allen.

Center: Along with fixing the tackle and guard spots, the Chiefs have issues at the center position. Starter Casey Weigmann is coming off his worst season for the Chiefs and is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Weigmann is still good enough to start, but when the play at both guard spots dropped this season, his play did as well. The Chiefs could bring him back into the mix, but it would have to be at less than what he made on his last contract. The Chiefs can’t get this entire line solved in one offseason, so bringing Weigmann back would at least solve one of the many issues up front for the Chiefs.

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3 Responses to “Five Positions the Chiefs Need to Address According to Scouts Inc.”

  1. Tom Terrific says:

    First, Welbourn was already released before this was published. Second, Allen was given the franchise tag before this was published. Try to keep up!

  2. Canadian Chief Fan says:

    Word earlier this offseason was that Waters would move to Center for next season. Any new information on that?

  3. Tom Terrific says:

    I heard the same thing. I think they’re exploring all options. Just depends what they can get in free agency & the draft. He played the position before.

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