It is the quick fix in the NFL, it's every GM's ace in the hole and every fans trophy of the off season; it is free agency. Or so you would think. The game that is NFL free agency is one so complex, it's no surprise that so many schools of thought have been created on how to go about one of the most important aspects of the league.
You have your overspenders like Daniel Snyder, Mike Tannenbaum, and Al Davis. Then you have the conservative ones like Bill Polian and Ted Thomson, unfortunately for us giddy fans here on AP our current GM is of the school of conservative free agency habits.
Outside of Bill Belichik himself no other GM in the league has gone after old free agents this off season like the Chiefs have, Zack Thomas, Mike Vrabel, Bobby Engram, and Amani Toomer are all well past their primes but can still contribute. But of all the signings we have made Amani Toomer excites me the most, because for all it's worth Amani Toomer represents our next step in free agency. That being, where we finally start going after players outside of the Pioli/ Haley umbrella. We're finally off the whole "only signing players with connections" premise and I think it's time we take a look at some legitimate free agents free of connection, that could still have something left in the tank.
We should be very familiar with this name. Holliday was fairly effective for the Chiefs in is first two seasons before injuries slowed him down and landed him in Miami, where he has been every bit as promising as he was in Kansas City. Once again he's on the free agent market this time for salary cap purposes as he is seemingly over his injury bug having logged 16 starts three times in the last four seasons (he only started 12 games in 07).
Holliday could provide for some solid depth at the DE position in our new 3-4, not to mention a mentor for Tyson Jacson. Holliday is about the same size and frame as Jackson and could provide for some advice as to how to use all that size. He's been known in Miami as a locker room influence and a mentor to younger players. Another aspect Holliday brings to the table is a pass rushing presence from the DE position, something the Chiefs are starving for as of late. While Holliday's 3.5 sacks may seem unimpressive on paper, if you watch the film he shuts down his side of the line with leaping ability as well. He could be a solid contributor in relief and passing down situations but we should never hope to get a full season out of him considering his injury history and age.