We're a few days into free agency so we can get a better idea of what the Kansas City Chiefs are trying to accomplish in free agency. After seeing who the Chiefs are visiting with and observing 60-plus hours of free agency I think I have an idea of some of the Chiefs free agency goals.
Find a big running back to go with Jamaal Charles. GM Scott Pioli said publicly that this was a goal. Mission accomplished with Peyton Hillis in the fold. The Chiefs are also in on Mike Tolbert, who visited Thursday. So this goal could really be accomplished by adding both of them. The Chiefs lost Thomas Jones, Le'Ron McClain and potentially Jackie Battle in free agency so they had a big need there. Charles, Hillis, McCluster (and Tolbert?). Not a bad group there.
Find a tight end to go with Tony Moeaki. The Chiefs apparently wanted to sign John Carlson, who was scheduled to visit KC. Carlson made it to to KC but never visited the Chiefs, instead choosing to sign with the Minnesota Vikings. So the Chiefs signed Kevin Boss instead. Moeaki + Boss could be a nice combo.
Find a quarterback to compete with Matt Cassel. Mission not accomplished at this point. Peyton Manning is out and Matt Flynn doesn't appear to be an option. Kyle Orton, Jason Campbell and Chad Henne have all signed. Even Brady Quinn is drawing interest from other teams. Looks like any quarterback moves will come down the road. There's just nothing out there.
Find a right tackle that can start immediately. I actually suggested the Chiefs should find this player in the draft and not free agency -- but that was before Eric Winston became available. KC is now trying to sign him. The Chiefs also have a visit scheduled with free agent OT/G Geoff Schwartz, according to reports. They're looking to fill the right tackle void.
More Chiefs free agency news (and a list of all the Chiefs free agents here):
Mike Tolbert leaves KC without contract | Chiefs sign Kevin Boss | Chiefs interested in Jerricho Cotchery | Peyton Hillis meets KC media | Chiefs visiting with a free agent OT | Latest updates on Chiefs free agents | RB help was a goal, GM Scott Pioli says | Chiefs sign Peyton Hillis approval poll | Eric Winston visiting Chiefs | Le'Ron McClain to the Chargers| Chiefs sign Peyton Hillis | John Carlson made it to KC, but didn't visit Chiefs | Jackie Battle has some interest in free agency | Brandon Carr to Dallas for $50.1 million | Kyle Orton signs with Cowboys |John Carlson signs with Vikings | Mike Tolbert has five teams interested | BenJarvus Green-Ellis has multiple suitors | No tender for Tyler Palko