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Assessing the Chiefs 2009 Unrestricted Free Agents: Who Stays and Who Leaves?

Unrestricted Free Agent, are players who have completed four or more accrued seasons of service and whose contracts have expired and are free to sign with any club. The Chiefs have five players who fit this criteria none of which are keeping Scott Pioli up at night, needless to say the franchise tag will not be used in Kansas City in 2009..

1. Jason Babin UFA: Former first round draft choice of the Houston Texans, was released by the Seahawks in September and signed off the streets by the Chiefs in November. Babin had two sacks over the final three weeks of the season, the Chiefs as a team had only ten sacks all season. The Chiefs are likely to go defensive end early in the draft which could spell the end for Babin in K.C.

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2. Oliver Celestin UFA: When the Chiefs had injuries in their defensive backfield last year Celestin was signed. The Chiefs needed someone to play right away and . Celestin had familiarity with the defensive system having played for former head coach Herm Edwards. With Scott Pioli trying to change the culture of the team it is hard to imagine him retaining a “Herm Edwards player”.

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3. Adrian Jones UFA: Once Damion Mcintosh got his game back towards the end of the season Adrian Jones officially became the weakest link on the offensive line. Jones played for Herm Edwards in New York and does not figure to be in the Chiefs long term plans. Jones will play somewhere in 2009 it just wont be in Kansas City.

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4. Jon McGraw UFA: Special teams standout and leader in the locker room. Jon McGraw will be thirty years old when the season starts and that will hurt his case for a new contract, but McGraw plays with a lot of intensity and good special teamers are hard to find.

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5. Patrick Thomas UFA: Being the starting middle linebacker on the worst defense in Chiefs franchise history is not something you put on a resume, Thomas was a complete bust at MLB and was a main reason why the Chiefs gave up over 2500 yards rushing.

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