What will the Chiefs do with Justin Houston?

On Monday the Kansas City Chiefs placed the franchise tag on outside linebacker Justin Houston, who recorded 22 sacks in 2014. The franchise tag for outside linebackers is $13,195,000, and not wanting him to hit the open market, John Dorsey wisely placed the tag on him. More important to know is which tag Dorsey used, because there are two franchise tag designations, the exclusive rights franchise tag, and non-exclusive rights franchise tag. Houston was tagged under the non-exclusive tag, which means that the player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player's position for the previous year, or 120 percent of the player's previous year's salary, whichever is greater. A non-exclusive franchise player may negotiate with other NFL teams, but if the player signs an offer sheet from another team, the original team has a right to match the terms of that offer, or if it does not match the offer and thus loses the player, [Read more...]

Who among the early roster cuts could be a good fit for the Chiefs?

Over the past few weeks, NFL teams, in an effort to create cap space and/or improve their roster, have cut some well-established players. Among them were Falcons safety William Moore, Giants running back Peyton Hillis and defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, Packers linebacker AJ Hawk and Lions running back Reggie Bush. The Chiefs have so far cut receivers Donnie Avery and AJ Jenkins and just today added tight end Anthony Fasano to that list. Jacoby Jones was known for his big plays in the passing and return game, but his limited route running abilities and average hands led to his release. I don't think Jones would be a good fit in KC, despite the need at WR, given his weaknesses. While he is a good return man, the Chiefs already have two elite return men in Knile Davis and De'Anthony Thomas. The Packers released their all-time leader in tackles today, linebacker A.J Hawk. Chiefs GM John Dorsey was on the Packers staff when they drafted him, and with [Read more...]

The Chiefs release of Wide Receivers Donnie Avery and AJ Jenkins is just the beginning of team’s salary dumps

  On Tuesday, the Chiefs parted ways with two under-performing receivers, Donnie Avery and AJ Jenkins..in other words, 30 catches for 269 yards. The Chiefs certainly won't miss that. Avery played in 22 games (17 starts) with the Chiefs, tallying 55 receptions for 772 yards (14.0 avg.) - 40 of the catches coming in 2013 when he was a big-play, deep threat - with two touchdowns with the Kansas City Chiefs after signing a three-year, $8.55 million contract in March of 2013. He spent most of 2014 injured, and after the Chiefs Week 13 loss to the Denver Broncos, he played just one snap. A.J Jenkins, who was acquired in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers for Jonathan Baldwin in a swap of first round draft picks in 2013, never panned out the way Andy Reid and John Dorsey thought it might, logging just 17 catches for 223 yards in two seasons. The moves save the Chiefs about $5 million in cap space and this extra cap space will surely be used to keep free agent linebacker Justin Houston [Read more...]

Who are the Chiefs best first round candidates for the 2015 NFL Draft and where will they take a Wide Receiver?

  With the combine approaching and the NFL Draft not far behind that, John Dorsey and the Kansas City Chiefs have work to do leading up to the 2015 NFL season. They currently hold the 18th pick in this year's draft, and coming off a 9-7 year, the Chiefs are looking to hit a home run this time around after the last two first round picks have yet to show signs for reaching his potential (Eric Fisher), or can't get on the field (Dee Ford). However, to see who are the Chiefs best first round candidates, its critical to look at the Chiefs past first rounders. I will also seek to find out where the Chiefs will take a wide receiver (or two). In 2013, the Chiefs drafted Auburn's defensive end/ 3-4 outside linebacker Dee Ford with the 23rd overall pick. Ford recorded 27.5 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks in five years at Auburn, with 16.5 coming in the last two seasons as he earned more playing time. Ford played sparingly in his rookie, due to the presence of veteran Tamba Hali. Ford [Read more...]

2015 Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0

With football season officially over, Clark Hunt, John Dorsey and Andy Reid have work to do regarding the Chiefs roster. With major needs at wide receiver, offensive line, and inside linebacker and with more picks this season, the Chiefs are in a better position to add to their roster this year than last year, when they had just six picks. Good for them, the 2015 draft class is stocked full of receivers and linemen. Note: This Mock Draft does not include possible supplemental draft picks. A new Mock Draft will be published when those are announced. First Round: Kevin White, Wide Receiver, West Virginia     While Amari Cooper is the top receiver prospect, it is unlikely he falls down to No. 18, where the Chiefs are picking. Louisville's DeVante Parker is another elite prospect, but the Chiefs pick after the Browns, who also need a receiver. The former Missouri Tiger, Dorial Green-Beckham, who sat out last season at Oklahoma after being dismissed from Mizzou, could [Read more...]

Should John Dorsey be afraid to open up the checkbook for Darrelle Revis?

Per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Kansas City Chiefs are believed to be interested in New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, the 6-time Pro Bowler, 4-time First Team All Pro, and considered by many to be the best Cornerback in the NFL, who thanks to his coverage, abilities has earned the nickname ''Revis Island." Revis is part of the reason for the success of the Patriots defense this season, due to his incredible man-coverage abilities allowing Matt Patricia and Bill Belichick to focus on the other receivers and tight ends of the opponent's offense. Revis signed a 2-year, $32 million deal with the Patriots on March 12th, and with a $20 million contract option awaiting him in 2015, he may become a free agent in 2015. If he does, should John Dorsey be afraid to open up the checkbook for the veteran corner? The Chiefs secondary, made up of cornerbacks Sean Smith, Philip Gaines, and Jammell Fleming and safeties Husain Abdullah and Ron Parker allowed just 203.2 [Read more...]

Five players Chiefs fans should be watching at the Senior Bowl

Senior Bowl Week concludes this afternoon at 3 with the annual game between the North and South teams, coached by two NFL coaching staffs (this year the Jaguars and Titans). The Senior Bowl is a great look at some of the most promising seniors of 2015. As a Chiefs fan, it's important to remember that John Dorsey has taken Senior Bowl standouts in the first round of the last two years, Tackle Eric Fisher in 2013 and 3-4 outside linebacker Dee Ford in 2014. With needs at guard, wide receiver, and inside linebacker, it's possible the Chiefs could draft another Senior Bowl standout in the first round. There are quite a few players that the Chiefs will be scouting, but here are the five that I think are most noteworthy. Tyler Lockett, WR Kansas State (Team South) While Lockett isn't projected as a first or second round pick, he was absolute dynamo at K-State, setting 17 school records, including the career marks for receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, 100-yard receiving [Read more...]

An early look at the keys to Chiefs 2015 success

With the 2014 season over for the Kansas City Chiefs, the 2015 season has begun. They are a good team, but they can get better. The Chiefs must improve their offensive line, receiving corps, and defense if they want to compete in the AFC West next year. Look at the success of the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, and Dallas Cowboys. They dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and can switch from run happy to pass happy and vice versa with ease. If the Chiefs look to truly compete in the AFC, they must be able to do the same. 2013's 1st overall pick Eric Fisher, the Chiefs starting left tackle, is a JAG through his two years in the league. Granted, he missed time last year due to injury, but with no injuries this year I'm disappointed by his lack of improvement. Veteran guard Mike McGlynn and rookie guard Zach Fulton have been tremendously overwhelmed in run and pass blocking this season, and veteran tackle Ryan Harris has been no better. They [Read more...]

Chase Daniel-led Chiefs gameplan to beating the Bolts

Once again, the Kansas City Chiefs (8-7) and the San Diego Chargers (9-6) face-off in a critical Week 17 matchup. Beat San Diego, Jacksonville beats Houston and Cleveland beats Baltimore, and the Chiefs back in the playoffs in back-to-back season for the first time since 1994-1995 seasons (!!!). Beat the Chiefs, and the Chargers are in. These two faced off back in week five with the Chiefs winning 23-20 with a 48-yard Cairo Santos field goal. A huge win for the Chiefs at the time – an unexpected one that erased the Chiefs brutal season-opening home loss to the Tennessee Titans, who have just one win since. It was last year in the final week of the season that Chase Daniel got his first career start…against the Chargers. That time, it was a Chargers win and they were in. Head Coach Andy Reid elected to go to go with the Chiefs JV roster with the Chiefs already assured of their playoff seeding and Daniel and the second unit almost one, eventually losing in overtime after Ryan Succop [Read more...]

The flicker that is the Chiefs playoff hopes still burns (barely) + who is to blame if Chiefs miss the playoffs?

Brian Graham contributed to this report   The Chiefs hopes of winning in Pittsburgh were officially dashed when Cairo Santos’ onside kick that made us question if he was in fact a professional kicker went for not. But the result and the Chiefs playoff hopes taking a dramatic hit were realized before that. That happened when the Chiefs kicked field goals all four times they scored while the Steelers (10-5), who clinched a playoff spot with the 20-12 win, added a couple TD’s to their four scores, and when the Chiefs (8-7) had two missed scoring chances (a failed 4th and 1 with :25 remaining in the half and just one timeout remaining and a Jamaal Charles fumble in redzone that should have been overturned) and ran a successful fake field goal (a Dustin Colquitt shovel pass to Travis Kelce for a first down), but still had to settle for a field goal four plays later. And now, after winning five in a row and seven of nine, the Chiefs have lost four of five. But, if the Chiefs [Read more...]