Figuring Out The Changes Coming To Chiefs Offensive Line

We know there will be changes to the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line via the use of free agency and/or the 2012 NFL draft. GM Scott Pioli has indicated the Chiefs have to get better at offensive line so it's one of the areas I'm keeping an eye on the closest. The Chiefs last year in free agency were connected to a few offensive linemen, including a couple of offensive tackles, so I think they know work has to be done there.

Here's the offensive line depth chart ending the season (italics are free agents):

Add in OT Ryan O'Callaghan, who ended the season on injured reserve, as well as the practice squad guys like G Darryl Harrison, C Rob Bruggeman and G Lucas Patterson.

So that's 12 offensive linemen and I really have no clue what will happen with about nine of them. I really only feel confident on three of those guys returning -- Albert at left tackle, Asamoah at guard and Hudson at guard or center. I think most of us are in agreement on those three.

The rest of the guys...I really wouldn't be that surprised if any of them were cut. Would it be that big of a surprise of Lilja were cut? It's not something I'm expecting to happen but it wouldn't surprise me, especially if the Chiefs were able to identify a replacement in free agency or the draft. If Richardson comes back I think it's with competition or as a reserve swing tackle. There's no way he just steps back into the starting role.

So what I'm saying is that the offensive line is pretty unpredictable right now. I don't think anyone has a really good handle on what the Chiefs will do but they could have 2-3 new pieces along the offensive line.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Arrowhead Pride

You must be a member of Arrowhead Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arrowhead Pride. You should read them.

Join Arrowhead Pride

You must be a member of Arrowhead Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arrowhead Pride. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker