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How the Chiefs should approach remaining 24 without contracts and draft.

Now that the Chiefs #1 priority is taken care of, in moving forward with Tamba Hali, and making sure he stays a Chief. There are still 24 players without contracts, and would be free agents if a new CBA is reached. The Chiefs have many different ways they can go but ill layout what my thoughts on it. In the offseason so far you can check off finding a new coordinator to replace Weis, check off Tamba Hali, and check off a huge problem I believe in helping make Cassel an even better QB, signing Zorn I believe will go a long way in the success of the offense. So at this point we have 24 players to worry about how to deal with. The first matters I believe should be the retirements of Casey Wiegmann & Mike Vrabel.Both have been in the league for 14 & 15 years, and I think its about time to step down and enjoy retirement. If retirement isnt the way these 2 go then you have to look at either signing or releasing. With Vrabel its obvious everyone is thinking the Chiefs will look at an OLB type player in the draft as a replacement so do you keep Vrabel to help with what he can and mentor this player or release. I can see both ways but if your going to spend money on this position in the draft I think it best to release. Wiegmann is to me all but retired but if not, releasing opens up room and allows a younger maybe more agressive player to step in, of course this is just in the case that neither retire. Now there are some players I think the Chiefs should just go ahead and release and move on. These players being Terrance Copper, Charlie Anderson, Brad Cottam, and Ron Edwards. Copper is a type of receiver that the Chiefs could find anywhere, and doesnt provide a whole lot. Anderson we didnt see much but played in 2 games, no tackles, and would be his 8th year in the league. The TE position is getting overcrowded and Cottam I believe offers the least out of all. Chiefs need a big aggressive DT Edwards isnt it, enough said, maybe a Shaun Rodgers possibly? Kevin Curtis doesnt seem to appeal much to me, but we also didnt see much from him and I think his short lived career in KC is over. Also there are some players I believe should re-sign if a contract would be cheap. Jon mcGraw is getting older and while hes a great special teams player, i think we've found our safeties in Berry and Lewis, if wecould re-sign for cheap go for it just for the shear special teams and to backup our safeties. Cory Greenwood is another im not sure about didnt play much but is very young in his first NFL season, so possibly has potential, if we can, and I think we can re-sign for little then do it, worst case we demote to practice squad. Shaun Smith is in the middle of his career. He was 7th on team in sacks and played a decently good alternate role, and even an offensive goalline touchdown. However I dont see him being much more than an alternate role, but could contribute this way, so again if we dont have to spend much look at resigning if not I think its best to release. I was somewhat impressed with Corey Mays last year but now im wondering what happened. He didnt impress at all and will just be a backup, I say release him but if cheap maybe could get better and help releave players on long defensive series. Leornard Pope is one that I believe we should resign hes a good blocker and a big target and situattional, but O'Connell looks to be the future 2nd string TE so it all depends on how many TE's we want to go with, but I think resignning him wont do anything but help. Ryan O'Callaghan should be leaned more towards the releasing side. He was a starter in '09 but after an injury Richardson took over and never gave it up. The only reason to keep Ryan is as a backup but I think the Chiefs will be looking for another OT that they really need so O'Callaghan should be out the door. There are 12 players remaining and I believe these should mostly all be re-signed. First theres Brandon Carr who is young and is coming along and I think brings lots of potential and will only get better he should be re-signed for sure. Although right tackle looks weak I think there is a lot of upside in Barry Richardson, he is up and down, and made mistakes but something has to be said for being the starting RT for the #1 rushing offense, I think letting Richardson go at it and resignning him will be a good thing. A few short years back I saw a lot for some reason in Maurice Leggett and still have a feeling about him. He's still very young after a season long injury, and I think has lots of upside and room to grow, and can be a help to the CB position I just have that feeling that releasing him would be a bad idea. Wallace Gilberry played an as impressive role as anyone on the team, had 7 sacks as an alternating player. He's still young and looks like he could even perform better than Tyson Jackson will ever be able to, because so far he hasnt done much. Gilberry will be a big help to the D if resigned, which he should. If Wiegmann retires were out a C, but Niswanger presents a current way to go. Started all '09 and has played alongside some really great linemen, he is constantly improving, and looks like he could be a starter again, resigning Rudy wont be a bad thing. Jackie Battle is a big monsterous back who just hasnt got his spotlight yet, but with T. Jones getting older I believe his time is coming and would be a good replacement for jones, and provide a different style from Jamaal just as Jones does. He came up on some big plays this year and his time is coming to help an offense out and the Chiefs shouldnt let this happen with any other team. Both FB are without contracts which both provide certain amenities to the team that could lead to both being resignned which I dont think would harm anything. Although I think Castille is a little more of an all around player than Cox, so if your only gonna go with one I say Castille, but both have reason to fight to both be signed. Reshard Langford is young, can be moved around to play multiple positions and has room to grow. Not saying he will be a starter next year by any means but could contribute well as a backup and have an alternate role, he should be able to be signed for cheap so not much downfall. Travis Daniels is no more than a backup, in middle of career, but like it happened this year if someone goes down you wont find just too many more with the knowledge skills and experience to take over the secondary like Daniels would provide, so unless secondary is a spot of interest in free agency or draft I dont think you let Daniels go just real easy. Last but not least, maybe in some peoples minds. Brodie Croyle. No hes not the future of the franchise like some thought during the Herm Edwards era, yes he's winless as a starter(however the whole team for most of his starts was awful so not all his fault), yes he played horrible in SD, yes hes injury prone, and yes he hasnt lived up to what he was suppose to. However, Brodie still has a strong arm, is a pro style QB, has experience, and knows the system and playbook as good as anyone. So with all those qualities how many QB's are out there as a backup for backup type money and those certain qualities. No he might not be ideal but among the many many QB's out there I dont think theres many at all that can provide these qualities. You dont want a big name QB that you have to fork over too much cash for as a backup, and picking a lesser known player to be a better backup signal caller would be like finging a diamond in the rough. For these reasons I think you resign Brodie and hope he isnt used because Cassel is healthy and playing good or shows more of the skills it looked like he once had. Thats wraps up the remaing 24 soon to be free agents. As fo the draft Id like to see an OLB taken like Aldon Smith, or Justin Houston, or DT Phil Taylor taken early, and possibly a WR like Titus Young, Austin Pettis, Jerrel Jernigan, or Jonathon Baldwin or Torrey Smith in maybe the 2nd round, and an OT taken somewhere along the way, Pioli will take over the rest.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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