If we have learned anything about GM Scott Pioli in the past 3 off seasons, it's that he would rather build through the draft, and isn't too aggressive in free agency. But, with the Chiefs having an incredibly large amount of cap space, they are likely to make some noise this time. I'm going to go over who I think the Chiefs are most likely going to acquire this free agency.
QB Kyle Orton-
With all of the depth there is at the Quarterback Position this off season, in free agency and the draft, I don't see Kyle Orton getting as much attention that he usually would. Scott Pioli recently said that both parties would like to come to a deal, and he has also said they are definitely going to bring in some kind of QB competition. With Orton going 2-1, nearly leading the Chiefs to the playoffs in the end of last season, I think he is a good match for us, and We are a good match for him. He will realize that Kansas City is where he has the best shot at succeeding, and then will compete with Matt Cassel. He also will probably be fairly confident that he can win a training camp battle with Matt Cassel, and he also won't demand a big paycheck, also.
RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis-
With a report coming out today, that RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis Will Test Free Agency, It makes the chances of "The Law Firm" Becoming a Kansas City Chief. Green-Ellis. As Profootballtalk.com has said, "KC is a logical Fit" For Green-Ellis. Green-Ellis is familiar with the offense that Chiefs OC Brian Daboll runs, and is a perfect guy to pair up with Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs would instantly have the best running game in the league. Also, If Charles was to start off slow, or go down with another injury, BGE is capable of carrying the load for the entire season, like he has in New England. I can definitely see this happening.
NT Paul Soliai-
Nose Tackle is arguably the Chiefs biggest need, next to Offensive Tackle. Former Starter, Kelly Gregg who is likely to retire or not be re-signed, so that leaves a big hole there. The Chiefs do have second year Jerrell Powe, but he wasn't even active for the majority of the games last year, and has not shown anything to make me think that he can start next year. Soliai is a great run stopper, and consistently plugs up holes, which makes it easier for LB's like Derrick Johnson to make the plays. Soliai would make the Chiefs defense even better, and would also be one of the few veteran presences for the Chiefs young defensive Line. Plus, the Chiefs would be able to offer him a lot of money to play in red & gold.
SS Jim Leonhard-
With S Eric Berry going down with an ACL injury, and Kendrick Lewis having arm surgery this off season, there is a decent chance that one of them may not be up to full speed going into 2012. Leonhard was recently with the Jets, and would provied some much needed, strong depth at the Safety position. You may be thinking that that Leonhard is just another Sabby Piscitelli, but not so much. He had 48 tackles, and 1 interception, and will bring a veteran presence to the Chiefs extremely young Defensive Back group. He is very similar to Jon Mcgraw, but is a few years younger, and is a little bit more skilled. Leonhard wouldn't be eexpensive, and most likely will get little attention if not re-signed by the Jets, because of the great Defensive Back group entering free agency.
OLB Clark Haggans-
No, Haggans is not a replacement for Houston or Hali. He would give Justin Houston good competition, once again have another veteran presence on the defense, and he would also give the Chiefs tremendous depth. One of the reasons I have Haggans here, is because 3 years ago when he was a UFA, the Chiefs met with him multiple times, but the Cardinals had signed him before we did. Haggans would be great depth, annd could be put in on certain downs to give either Tamba, or Houston a break, and there wouldn't be a big drop off in production. Haggans had 46 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 3 sacks, last year, and he most liekyl won't be re-signed since the Cardinals toop priority will be Calais Campbell. Haggans would be a good veteran pickup for the Chiefs. He'd give them depth, since Cameron Sheffield has been a disapointment, a veteran presence for the Chiefs young pass rushers, and a better backup then Studebaker (Who is fine, but Haggans is an upgrade) or Cameron Sheffield. Haggans is entering the end of his career and KC is a good match to end it in.
These are the players I can see the Chiefs signing, or at least going after, given the fact that they will be looking for depth, competition, and some starters at every position. Expect these to be some of the Chiefs key acquisitions this free agency. Thanks for readiing, you should give your thoughts, who you think the Chiefs should sign in the comment section and make sure to recommend if you like the post! Go Chiefs!