The Chiefs have a lot of Big Contracts of their own to address this off season. The most talked about of all 22, are the contracts of WR Dwayne Bowe, and CB Brandon Carr. Both of them are vital parts of the roster on their side of the ball. But there are some people who have to be signed, some who have to be given the farewell, and some who can just flat out be kicked to the curb. Here are my thoughts on those 22 players:
Listed From "Least Important Players" to "Most Important Players"
1. Jake O'connel TE- Jake O'Connel added virtually nothing t
o the Chiefs team, other than filling up a spot on the "Inactives List" Before every game. Yeah, you can argue that he didn't have a chance at showing what he has to offer, but really, if he was anyone you'd want to have on your football team, he would of showed that in the several practices of the season.
Kick to the Curb
2. Tyler Palko QB- When Tyler Palko was announced the starter for the Kansas City Chiefs, after Matt Cassel went down with a hand injury, I was extremely excited to see someone other than the struggling Matt Cassel operate the offense. He started 4 games, which were his first 4 NFL starts, and went 1-4. For Me, Palko was a likeable guy, but when he played as bad as he did, and was as dreadful to watch as he was, It was hard to really root for the guy. He's by far at most, a 3rd string QB in this league.
3. Sabby Piscitelli S- If you watched the majority of the Chiefs games this year, you know that Sabby struggled making tackles, and struggled in coverage. He really hasn't shown me a reason why he deserves to be on this team going into the next season. He was blessed with Syar Safety Eric Berry being hurt, which gave him a good chance, but he just wasn't good enough to take advantage of it. Sorry Sabby.
4. Ryan O'Callaghan OT- O'Callaghan was on Injured Reserve since the beginning of the year, but even before this year, He lost his starting job to Barry Richardson. That's nothing to brag about. That's actually, something you'd rather nobody knew. Because it's embarassing. He could be kept as depth, but I think his time in KC is done.
5. Reshard Langford S- Langford was cut in the beginning of the year, and then brought back once Eric Berry was injured. In his limited Playing time he struggled, but he seemed to be around the ball a lot, and made a couple tackles that caught my attention. I say That Reshard Langford should be kept as depth, because he could be apretty decent backup.
6. Anthony Becht TE- Becht bounced around from team to team his whole career, and has personally said on hsi twitter page that he would like to be a Chief next year, and I hope he is. I don't think he is a great TE, but I think he offers a good veteran Presence in the locker room. I also saw him knock some guys off their feet in the last couple games, and He looked like a pretty good blocking TE. I say keep him for another 1 year deal.
7. Leonard Pope TE- Leonard Pope was most famous for being the extremely tall Chiefs TE who was more of a disappointment, then a success as a Chief. Yes, he is a Blocking TE, and yes, he had 3 above average games in the last 3 games of the season, but I think his times up, and GM Scott Pioli would be smart to draft another younger TE to replace Pope.
8. Barry Richardson OT- Richardson was arguably the most hated Chief of all this season, for his ability to effortlessly let the Pass Rusher run right by him and hit is Quarterback. While the majority of Richardson's season was horrific, I think he was put in a very tough spot, because he is not a starting Offensive Tackle in this league. What he is, is a Backup. Someone you want on your team for Depth, And I think that's what he should be re-signed for.
9. Casey Wiegmann C- Wiegmann has had an incredible career in the NFL, by playing 158 games straight, and doing well in most of them. But his career is coming to an end, and he's expected to retire. Terrific Career Casey!
Release Him (Let Him Retire)
10. Jerhme Urban WR- Urban came to Kansas city hoping to strive as the 3rd receiver on the depth chart with Matt Cassel, but rather did the exact opposite, and struggled. His main highlight was a great TD Catch from Tyler Palko. It was probably Palko's best ball he's thrown...........Ever. But I think his time has come and gone.
11. Amon Gordon DE- Gordon had his 1st 2 sacks since 2004 this year with the Chiefs, and played suprisingly, extremely well, with very limited playing time. He was underestimated by every team he was on, and was given a chance with the Chiefs and took advantage of it. I think he be a 2nd string DE, and really do some good things as a Chief.
12. Thomas Jones RB- After the aging Thomas Jones had a great year in 2010 by sharing carries with Jamaal Charles, but I think that was his last year of good production this year. He has had a good career, but It's not about re-signing guys who had good careers, it's about signing guys who can help us win. I honestly don't think he can, with his sinking speed, and the disability to break tackles,
Kick To The Curb
13. Wallace Gilberry DE- Gilberry strived coming out on 3rd downs and subbing in for the starters in 2010, by racking up 7 sacks. This past year he had 2.5 sacks, and his production sank. I still think he has a lot of potential, and should be given another short term contract, to see if he can get some more pressure on the QB, and make some more tackles.
14. Travis Daniels CB- Travis Daniels was a great nickel CB that you could rely on this year, by breaking up passes, intercepting 2 passe,s and even getting pressure on the quarterback. He said on his twitter page that he wants to be a Chief for the rest of his career, and I think a contract of 2 or 3 years will grant him that.
15. Kelly Gregg NT- Kelly Gregg was brought in to be a role player who could be a short term answer at the NT position, he didn't really live up to his fairly low expectations, and I would be dumfounded if he was brought back. Also, he may retire, and never play another snap, so That's also a reason to release him.
Release Him (Let him retire)
16. Jon Mcgraw S- Mcgraw was banged up for a decent part of the year. He played through various injuries, and play pretty well. With Eric Berry coming back, I think he'd be a great Safety to have on the team. He would be classified as a backup, but he'd get much more playing time then a backup.
17. Javon Belcher MLB- Belcher had a pretty good 2011-2012 season, but I think he is not the starter we need on this team to compliment pro bowler Derrick Johnson. With Johnson, starting, Then Brandon Siler, Javon Belcher, and a potential draft pick sharing the other starting spot, they should be all set there.
18. Jackie Battle RB- Battle has been not he roster as a 3rd string RB since about 2007, and finally got his chance 4 years later. He rushed for rougly 600 yards, and played pretty well, for what he was expected to do. With Jamaal Charles, Battle, Dexter Mccluster, and a potential Draft Pick/Free Agent all getting in the mix for carries, the Chiefs should have one of the most dominant running games in the NFL.
19. Kyle Orton QB- Before I give my thoughts on Kyle Orton, Note that I would rather The Chiefs take a shot at Peyton Manning (Read My Story Here) but if not, I think Signing Orton would be their Next best option. The Chiefs had a dramatic change in attitude and energy ever since Orton came on board as the starting QB. He was a blocked field goal away from taking them to the playoffs, and a 3-0 record, that's pretty impressive. I think with signing Orton, and Dealing Cassel, would set the Chiefs up with a pretty good QB situation, with all the weapons for Orton to throw to.
20. Le'Ron Mcclain FB- Mcclain had a decent first year as a Chief in 2011, and had some pretty nice blocks for Jackie Battle and Dexter Mccluster. With star RB Jamaal Charles returning, I think we will really be able to see how good of a FB Mcclain really is when he is blcoking for one of the best Running Backs in the league. He excelled when B=locking for Ray Rice, and I preddict he will when blocking for Jamaal Charles.
21. Dwayne Bowe WR- Dwayne Bowe has always been one of my favorite Chiefs, ever since he was drafted. I would hate to see him be let go. He is a very vital piece of the Chiefs offense. The reason he is behind Brandon Carr for how important he is, is because Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin are still no the team if he released. But if Bowe does return, The 3 of them would have a stable QB throwing to them in Kyle Orton, and would be one of the most dangerous WR Corps in the league. Especially if rookie Jonatahn Baldwin develops into the receive is supposed to be.]
Pay the Man!!!!!
22. Brandon Carr CB- Brandon Carr, had his best year by far in 2011, with 4 interceptions and 45 tackles. He never disappointed with a blown coverage, or a missed tackle, and he is also entering the prime of his career, so the best of Brandon Carr May have yet to come. Not re-signing Carr would leave a gulping hole in their secondary. If he is re-signed, the Chiefs will have 2 of the best, young CB's in the NFL, who are both entering their prime. I just can't see Scott Pioli making the big mistake of not paying Brandon Carr, since he means so much to this young defense.
Pay The Man!!!!!
That's how I think Scott Pioli should go about signing his own free agents. Leave your comments, opinions and anything else in the comment section and
let me know what you think! Go Chiefs!