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2-Fold Off-Season Game Plan


I will have to be honest. I have made a few fanpost, and I think I can do better. So, here is a two fold off-season game plan. I want to present something that is extremely realistic from a fan perspective, a team perspective and from a business standpoint. What do I mean by that?

1) Fan Perspective-I think the Chiefs realize if they resign most of their guys, but bring back Cassel, Stanzi and say a Jake Delhomme or David Gerrad type QB, that they are in danger of losing the faith of the fan base. The Chiefs are talking more to the media this year and showing interest in guys we all want (Manning, RGIII etc). The secret society the Chiefs have been, has lost excitement from fans. The Chiefs are recognizing this.

2) Team Perspective-Look, I would love for the Chiefs to trade the farm for RGIII just as much as everyone esle. However, this may not be best for the overall team aspect. Pioli has stated many times, we have quite a few holes to fill. If the Chiefs were picking 4th or 6th, then making a deal would be easier. Picking 11th, is next to impossible (And, I will explain why on point #3).

3) Business Perspective-We can't forget the financials and business side of each team. My first choice is to trade for RGIII. This will be almost next to impossible, and hear is why. I live in St. Louis, and am a fan of the Rams. And, they have the needs that the Chiefs could supply them with. The thoughts of trading our 1st rd pick this year, 2nd rd pick this year, and say Jonathan Baldwin and Glenn Dorsey seems to make a lot of since for both teams (Even if you had to throw another pick next year in the deal, I would consider it). The Rams are weak at WR, DT and offensive line. This trade would allow the Rams to have Dorsey anchor the 4-3 defense he belongs in, with Chris Long and Robert Quinn rushing from the outside. Jonathan Baldwin would be a great fit with Bradford. Then, they could take Reiff, Martin or Decastro at the #11th pick. Sounds like a great deal, right? Can't happen. The Rams are too close to the cap, there is no way they can take on Dorsey's salary, Baldwin's salary and still look to go out and sign some guys to fix all their holes. They can release some guys to free up money, but they won't be able to free up enough to take on this type of deal. With that said, it's going to be a haul of draft picks and maybe a Jonathan Baldwin. So, this years 1st, next years 1st and maybe Jonathan Baldwin would get the deal done. We all know, it's not Pioli's style to deal draft picks. So, I just don't see RGIII in a Chiefs uniform next year.

Ok, maybe the chiefs surprise me. However, being up here in St. Louis, the Rams are looking for LOTS of needs. CB, WR, DT, LT, LB and S are HUGE needs for this team. Add that with limited cap space, and I just see them taking the highest offer of draft picks.

I have decided to do a 2 fold Off-Season plan. Obviously, the Chiefs are going into free agency with a contigency plan if Plan A, doesn't work out. This is what I think the Chiefs are thinking.

Plan A (Realistic Options-Priority)

1) Franchise Dwayne Bowe - I think this is now a given. I waited to write this, because I thought the Chiefs might look him up, franchise Carr and then try to trade Brandon Carr (Ala Matt Cassel). I still hope they do that, but it's not looking like it. I would think you could get a 3rd rounder at least for Carr (maybe more).

2) Rodney Hudson to Center - That's what he was drafted for. He's smart, a leader and just made for the position.

3) Sign Peyton Manning - This is easier said than done. He will be in demand, so he will cost close to $16-$20 million per year for the next 3 years. We have to keep in mind, Franchise Tagging Bowe, signing Routt and bringing in Peyton Manning would eat up most of the rest of that $38 million in cap space (It's not really $63 million). Bowe around $10, Manning around $18 and Routt around $7 get's us to close to $35 million. With cuts and bonus structuring we will still have money, but not like everyone thinks. I've seen posts of signing Manning, Nicks, Bowe, etc. That will be extremely difficult (If not impossible). So, it's Manning or Bust for this plan. He's going to get paid. PERIOD.

4) Resign Jackie Battle and LeRon McClain - They will be perfect compliments to Charles and Mcluster for the big back role. Give Charles 15-18 carries a game and let Battle, McClain and Mcluster take the other 12-15 carries.Battle is great on special teams and good at short yardage. McClain is a good blocker and team leader. Both will come cheap. Putting money into another running back when you have McCluster and Charles there to take carries, with Battle and McClain doing so well last year, doesn't make a ton of since to me. Hillis, Tolbert and Bush are going to command some money and they will want plaing time. Look at what the Chiefs did with Carr. They didn't want to wrap all that money into one position. They aren't signing a big time running back, even if Charles contract is decent. I expect them to draft a running back in rounds 5-7 to groom as a replacement for Battle.

5) Trade back if we can. If not, take the highest rated player - I don't think Pioli wants to gamble on this pick. With that said, it's extremely difficult to take a Guard that high, but Decastro will most likely be there, and he seems like the best fit. If you can take a virtual All-Pro guard for the next 10 years, then you almost have to do it. I love Poe, but he didn't really dominate lesser competition, so that is scary. We all know that the NT in a 3-4 is just as much about motor as it is size (Tank Tyler, Siavi, etc). Plus, I think Armon Gordon showed he could play last year. Plus, the defense looked really strong last year. With that said, if Poe is rated out higher than Decastro, you take him. I trust that the Chiefs will take the right player. The middle of your line being Asamough, Hudson and Decastro could lead us back to the Priest Holmes, LJ, Trent Green glory days on offense (Imagine Charles running through those holes back then?)

6) Sign a Veteran RT to compete with David Mims for 2012 - Look, I am not a big fan of Barry Richardson. I would love for the Chiefs to get a stud RT. I don't think Reiff will be available, and I am not sold on Martin and Adams to be gigantic upgrades over what David Mims could potentially be for us. We won't have the money to sign an elite RT, either. So, bring in a vet like Vernon Carey, Max Starks or Khalif Barnes to compete with Mims. Maybe wait to see who get's released in June. This is a position that must be upgraded. The Chiefs like Mims or they wouldn't have released Gaither to put him on the roster. You can't fit a round peg in a square hole, so if we can't afford to sign one, and it would be a reach at pick #11, then this is our only route and hope it plays out. Now, I would recommend drafting a RT later in the draft at 2nd round or 3rd round. But, if you really like Mims, I'm not sure why you would draft a Tackle that high.

7) Release Cassel, draft another development QB - Put faith in Stanzi as a backup. Then draft another developemental QB. Both learn under Manning and then in 3 years, we let them compete for the starting QB job. Look at Aaron Rodgers, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Flynn, Matt Schaub. Does this work everytime? No, but I like my chances of drafting Manning's replacement each year and letting the best 2 compete in 3 years. Maybe it's Stanzi and Osweiler, or maybe its Osweiler and a QB in the 2013 or 2014 draft. The point is, at some point we have to have a QB groomed and ready to come in. When Manning retires, bring in a decent Veteran to compete against the 2 developmental QB's. Well, what if Manning get's hurt, right? Wouldn't you rather have Cassel as your backup? Of course I would. But, we have seen 3 years of Cassel...and if Manning get's hurt, then no way we are winning the Super Bowl with Cassel...and he has been bad enough, that it wouldn't take that big of a leap for Stanzi to be similar to what Cassel was last season. AND, what if Manning had a good backup last year in Indy? What would have happened with that team? I will tell you. They would have won 5 to 6 games most likely, and not in a position to draft Andrew Luck!! I rather go all in with Manning, and let him tutor young guys...If he goes down with injury, maybe we get Matt Barkley next year instead of trying to sign another reject.

8) Sign DT/NT Sammie Lee Hill - He is massive and young. He is a restricted Free Agent, but with the money tied up in Suh and Fairly (both high draft picks), I don't see the Lions matching many offers. He is 6'4" and 329 lbs. He is also only 25 years. Nice write up on him here: old.http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/25786/soon-to-be-stars-sammie-lee-hill

9) Draft Smart - G, RT, DT, QB and TE would be the top 5 rounds I would be looking to draft. If a good running back drops to the 5th, then I would do that...but, those are major positions of need in the draft.

Ok, so that would be my Plan A. If all this works out, I would see a realistic team of this (Realistic means it would most likely fit in the cap and sounds like the Chiefs)

QB - Peyton Manning (Ricky Stanzi, Kirk Cousins)

RB - Jamaal Charles (Dexter McCluster, Jackie Battle)

FB - LeRon McClain

WR - Dwayne Bowe (Draft Pick)

WR - Jonathan Baldwin (Jeremy Horne)

SLOT - Steve Breaston (Terrance Copper)

TE - Tony Moeaki (Draft Pick, Steve Maneri)

LT - Brandon Albert

LG - David DeCastro (Ryan Lilja)

C - Rodney Hudson

RG - Jon Asamaoh

RT - Max Starks (David Mims) *If you can't afford Starks go down the line to Carey or Barnes. Hopefully Mims takes over.

DE- Glen Dorsey (Draft Pick, Gilberry)

DT - Sammie Lee Hill (Gordon, Powe, Draft Pick)

DE- Tyson Jackson (Bailey)

OLB - Justin Houston

ILB - Brandon Siler

ILB - Derrick Johnson

OLB - Tamba Hali

1CB- Brandon Flowers

2CB - Standford Rout

3CB- Javier Arenas

S - Eric Berry

S- Kendrick Lewis

I honestly believe this is a realistic structure for what the Chiefs would like to do. Obviously there will be tweaks...If Reiff is there at #11, you take him over DeCastro maybe..Or, if you have an opportunity to trade down. But, this seems to be very realistic with the money we have available to sign Bowe and Manning....and then the money left over to sign a Max Starks or something.

PLAN B (Contigency Plan-If Manning doesn't sign)

1) Franchise Dwayne Bowe - The same as before.

2) Rodney Hudson to Center - The Same as before.

3) Sign a QB to compete with Matt Cassel and Ricky Stanzi - They will then look to sign one of these QB's in order of preference;

A) Kyle Orton - If Manning is gone and we know RGIII won't happen, then Orton is top on the list for the Chiefs in my opinion. Crennel loves him and they were all impressed with how he did things in those three starts. His big arm is also much more enticing once Jamaal Charles comes back and keeps those safeties honest.

B) Chad Henne - Brian Daboll will most likely want to bring his guy in. He won't cost a lot, and would pick up the offense perfectly. This is not one that I want, but it makes sense. He has a strong arm and has a decent completion percentage rate.

C) Jason Campbell - Jim Zorn is familiar with him, and he fits the perfect mold to come in and compete. Strong armed QB as well.

* Sign one of those three, and then let them compete with Cassel and Stanzi for the QB spot next season. This seems to fit with what the Chiefs are saying and fits their philosophy of QB types that they usually bring in.

4) Resign Jackie Battle and LeRon McClain - Same as Plan A. I just don't see Pioli spending money here, when they felt pretty good about Battle last year. I don't see them making a big splash here.

5) Sign NT Paul Saoili - If they don't get Manning, they have to spend the money somewhere. I don't see a RT worthy of any big money contracts, so fixing the NT and G positions make the most sense.

6) Sign Carl Nicks or Ben Grubbs - As much as I want to see this happen, it's hard to imagine Pioli throwing out the kind of money needed to sign Nicks. Grubbs may be more realistic, but like I said in #5, they have to meet the salary floor, so if Manning is off the table, these are the top guys to go after. We have a need there, and we have the money to spend.

7) Draft RT - Hopefully someone is willing to trade up to the #11 spot. If not, the pick has to be Jonathan Martin.

8) Sign TE Martellus Bennett - A little under shadowed with Bryant, Austin, Witten, Terrell Owens over the years...but this guy is 6'6" and 270 lbs. Only 24 years old and can block really well. Him, Moaeki and Maneri would be a nice big TE core that can block and catch the ball. Not having Manning, we will need all the weapons we can get. Running Bowe, Baldwin, Moaeki and Bennett out in the Red Zone, will be a major advantage.

9) Sign DT/NT Sammie Lee Hill - I think he will be cost effective and will be ready to take over for Glen Dorsey if he leaves next year. I am just a big fan of this guy. He can play all over the D-Line. He can put pressure on Dorsey and Jackson to perform better as well.

8) Draft Smart - RT, QB a must, then draft for depth (LB, RB, WR, G)

Ok, so that would be my Plan B. Obviously the Chiefs want Peyton Manning, but he may want to play elsewhere. If that's the case, I see the team looking somewhat like this. (Meaning it would most likely fit in the cap and sounds like the Chiefs)

QB -Kyle Orton / Chad Henne / Jason Campbell / Matt Cassel / Ricky Stanzi / QB in Draft

RB - Jamaal Charles (Dexter McCluster, Jackie Battle)

FB - LeRon McClain

WR - Dwayne Bowe (Draft Pick)

WR - Jonathan Baldwin (Jeremy Horne)

SLOT - Steve Breaston (Terrance Copper)

TE - Tony Moeaki (Martellus Bennett, Steve Maneri)

LT - Brandon Albert (David Mims)

LG - Carl Nicks

C - Rodney Hudson

RG - Jon Asamaoh

RT - Jonathan Martin (David Mims)

DE- Glen Dorsey (Sammie Lee Hill, Gilberry)

DT - Paul Saoli (Sammie Lee Hill, Powe)

DE- Tyson Jackson (Bailey)

OLB - Justin Houston

ILB - Brandon Siler

ILB - Derrick Johnson

OLB - Tamba Hali

1CB- Brandon Flowers

2CB - Standford Rout

3CB- Javier Arenas

S - Eric Berry

S- Kendrick Lewis

Final Thoughts...I hope for Plan A. All Chiefs fans hope for Plan A. If that doesn't happen, then we will strengthen our O-Line and shore up the Defense with a NT. We will bring in 4 QB's a Free Agent to compete with Cassell, Stanzi and a draft pick. The best QB will win. I expect the Chiefs to sign Orton if Manning goes elsewhere. With Manning we are a Super Bowl contender...without him, I think we can make the playoffs and just go from there.

I put a ton of time and thought into this. I hope you guys like it. These scenarios fit with what we should be able to do with the Cap. What do you think

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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