KANSAS CITY, MO - May 13: Ethan Johnson #70 and Dontari Poe #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs work with defensive coach Anthony Pleasant during the Kansas City Chiefs Minicamp on May 13, 2012 at the Chiefs Training Facility in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Chiefs have had a couple of months of free agency, hit the NFL draft, signed undrafted players and circled back around to free agency again. They've signed several dozen players since the end of the season, and others didn't return to Kansas City.
In short, the roster has changed a lot in the last couple of months. Keeping the additions in mind, I wanted to look at the Chiefs remaining needs. Four positions stand out to me as needs, which I've listed below.
I also noticed while perusing the roster...the Chiefs have a pretty good roster. It's hard to find a ton of holes on this team. There are question marks, sure, but not many obvious holes among the starters. We've said that before but it's just something that came to me while going through the needs. It's almost silly to say that considering the team won just seven games last year but the Chiefs appear to have a solid roster.
Safety: OJ Atogwe visited a few weeks ago and Yeremiah Bell is scheduled to visit on Wednesday. It's obvious the Chiefs want safety help. Eric Berry is coming back from a serious injury so you need some insurance for him. And Kendrick Lewis has been beat up in his brief NFL career. Jon McGraw, who saw a good chunk of playing time last year remains unsigned. There's new talent at the position but the Chiefs may need a veteran who can step in immediately in case he's needed.
Inside linebacker: I feel really good about three linebacker spots -- Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston. It's the inside spot next to DJ that has be concerned at times. Jovan Belcher started there the last two years but I think most want to see increased competition there. Brandon Siler will offer some of that competition but we don't know where he stands after coming off an Achilles' injury. He's on just a one-year deal so the Chiefs are probably as unsure as we are on him. Cory Greenwood also has an outside shot for playing time. It seems like you have a handful of guys at that position who you hope will get better with competition, not necessarily sure things.
Defensive end: This isn't as much of a need, but maybe still a little bit. Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson are your starters with Allen Bailey seeing time in the sub package. Amon Gordon backs up every spot on the defensive line so he has a role. Ropati Pitoitua was signed last week and an unknown. Jerome Long is a developmental player.
Tight end: Martin Rucker's addition doesn't really change anything. He has two career catches and should be considered a longshot at making the roster. Tony Moeaki is the top player at this position, but he also has an injury history. Kevin Boss was signed in free agency. UDFA Tim Biere is on the roster, as is Steve Maneri and Jake O'Connell. Of those guys, Moeaki and Boss are your "sure things" in making the roster. After that, it's up in the air if you ask me.