As if the Chiefs weren't already in a tough spot with their GM position, it is compounded by the fact they have some some serious roster issues to deal with for next season. I've read posts and comments from several members that rave about the roster Pioli has put together ourside the QB. I tend to disagree.
Whomever the GM, he is going to have some big issues at key positions. The QB is the biggest issue, but the Chiefs also have to address both DEs, WR, LT, G, MLB and Punter.
D-Line: The Chiefs likely need to new starters to replace two failed first round picks. Glenn Dorsey is a free agent next year and I am not sure his play warrants a new contract with the Chiefs. Equally important, I don’t think he wants to be here. He’s likely gone. Jackson’s 2013 salary cap number is giant, $14 million in base salary. How can the Chiefs keep that on the books? Will he restructure again? Do the Chiefs/fans want him to? Bailey is the only other DE Pioli has drafted. He and Ropati Pitoitua are the only backups currently on the roster.
WR: Belief is the Chiefs are comfortable with the chances Bowe could leave in 2013. If the Chiefs use the franchise tag on Bowe again, his salary will be $11.4 million. That could happen, I guess. But for how many years are the Chiefs going to rent Bowe, especially when they used (to date: wasted) a first round pick on Baldwin? Is Baldwin capable of being a #1? Dunno. A #2? Dunno. Is Breaston still on the roster? Next year he is owed $3.8M.
Oline: LT Branden Albert is a free agent. Is it possible that the Chiefs are going to have to use the franchise tag on him? If they intend to resign him, it will take a big contract like what Denver offed Clady. Lilja is a free agent and Asamoah’s contract is only through 2013. If Stephenson and Allen are elevated to starters, we are in need of depth, again.
LB: Need starting Middle Linebacker: Belcher is a free agent and would need to be replaced even if he wasn’t.
P: Colquitt may be our most reliable player. Why is he not resigned?
These are big issues involving key positions. I'm sure Pioli hoped he could address one of these issues with the first round pick, but I would hope that is now earmarked for QB. Will we have to move up in the draft to get a QB? Will that mean trading away picks? Pioli has not done a bang-up job in rounds 4-7 (i.e. Miller, Bannon, Wylie, Long, Hemingway, Sheffield and the entire 2009 draft), so it looks like a lot of needs to fill with few draft picks.
I don't want Pioli in charge of these decisions or drafting for their replacements.