KANSAS CITY MO - JANUARY 09: Linebacker Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after recovering a fumble by the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 9 2011 in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
With the NFL's labor situation, it sounds like many teams will have plenty of time to make decisions on free agents. Until a new CBA is negotiated there won't be free agency which means there are a bunch of players in limbo heading into next year.
The Kansas City Star
has collected a list of Chiefs
without contracts heading into 2011.There are some players that may be eligible for restricted free agency depending on the details that make it into the new CBA and then there are others that will retire or simply won't be re-signed by the Chiefs.
LB Tamba Hali: He's the top guy heading into 2011. He's arguably their best defensive player but plays at a premium positions (pass-rusher) which means premium dollars. This will probably be the focal point of the offseason.
CB Brandon Carr: He's in just his third year and we're thinking the new labor deal will keep restricted free agency and he'll be eligible. If that's the case, they can tender him and play out 2011 or work on a long-term deal.
DE Shaun Smith: We talked about him the other day. I think he needs to come back because he quickly assimilated himself into the Chiefs defense and became a disruptive player.
C Casey Wiegmann
: He will be 37 years old by the time the season starts. He was an important player and I don't know what they think about Rudy Niswanger. Do you bring him back on a one-year deal? Does he want to come back? I can see this one going either way.
DE Wallace Gilberry: He was an unknown entering 2010 and became a solid role player who ended the season second on the team in sacks. He's like Carr in that he could be a restricted free agent.