Day one of free agency is in the books. The Kansas City Chiefs made a handful of moves, signing at least three players (that we know) and officially executing the Alex Smith trade. Those three signings are tight end Anthony Fasano, quarterback Chase Daniel and defensive lineman Mike DeVito. Two Chiefs free agents -- Glenn Dorsey and Peyton Hillis -- are scheduled to take visits elsewhere. Oh, and the Chiefs are trying to trade Matt Cassel. Follow all of our free agency coverage here, and read on for a recap of day one.
TE Anthony Fasano is in the fold
The basics: Fasano and the Chiefs on a four-year, $16 million deal
What we said: That's a healthy contract. One that makes it clear Fasano will be an important contributor for at least the next couple of seasons (sorta like Kevin Boss's deal ... whoops). ... New contracts always affects other players at the same position. For the Chiefs, that's Tony Moeaki, whose rookie contract expires after the 2013 season. Makes you wonder.
What Kevin from The Phinsider says: I am really bothered that the Dolphins lost Fasano. He's a key part of the Miami offense, and I truly thought he would be back this year. However, he got good money in Kansas City, and the Dolphins are looking to get a lot younger this year, so I guess it was time for him to move on. Fasano is an all-around tight end. He's solid in just about every aspect of the game.
He's lost a step in his speed, so he doesn't get open as easily any more, and he's never been a seam stretching tight end, but he is a good possession type receiver, and does well in the endzone in red zone situations. He's an exceptional blocker, and will add another tackle to the line of scrimmage when he stays in for pass protection or to run block. There were several games over the past couple of years, especially in 2011 with Marc Colombo at right turnstile, where Fasano would have zero impact in the passing game because the Dolphins would use him, essentially as a right tackle. I loved what Fasano brought to the Dolphins. He's not going to the Pro Bowl, but he can be a big part of the offense, and will get you the big catch you need when you need it.
Can't thank the #Dolphins & their fans enough for an incredible 5 yrs! The experiences and relationships will stay with me for a lifetime!— Anthony Fasano (@Anthony_Fasano) March 13, 2013
I'm excited for my next chapter in KC on a franchise with so much tradition and working w Coach Reid and my teammates to bring a ring to KC!— Anthony Fasano (@Anthony_Fasano) March 13, 2013
Congrats to my brotha from another mother @anthony_fasano for signing with the CHEIFS.They are getting a GREAT leader and TEAMMATE— Richie incognito (@68INCOGNITO) March 13, 2013
Good luck to @anthony_fasano in KC, it was great having you as teammate for the last 5 years!— Brandon Fields (@b_fields2) March 13, 2013
@anthony_fasano Italian Stallion Thanks for everything were grateful for your freindship and wish you nothing but the best.— Miami Dolphins Fans(@DolFanBandits) March 13, 2013
QB Chase Daniel gets P-A-I-D in KC
The basics: Chase Daniel agreed to a three-year, $10 million deal. Which is a lot.
What we said: This is your quarterback market. Daniel, a quarterback who has never played a meaningful snap in the NFL, was one of the best free agent quarterbacks available. This league absolutely needs more quarterbacks and they'll pay good money to those who have shown any sort of promise. Or, in Daniel's case, to someone who hasn't yet shown they'll screw it up.
What Dave from Canal Street Chronicles says: As Saints fans, our familiarity with Chase is limited because we've only really seen him play in the pre-season and a few meaningless late-season games. I think that's probably his biggest issue; he's got very little real game experience. He's also short by NFL quarterback standards.
But I've got to imagine that he's learned quite a few things backing up Drew Brees in Sean Payton's complicated offense. Any other team's system has got to be simple by comparison. I absolutely would not worry about his ability to learn the playbook. He's got pretty good arm strength and he's not afraid to run with the ball when the opportunity presents itself. All things considered, I wouldn't expect him to beat out Alex Smith for the starting job, but he's a more than competent backup. And for the love of Christ, his last name is Daniel. There is no "s" at the end!
Surprised at the big money Andy Reid gave Chase Daniel, but not at the interest. Essentially the same QB in college as Kevin Kolb— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) March 13, 2013
Gary Pinkel (via @GabeDeArmond): "I love that guy. You get so attached to all your players. He's gonna have an opportunity and I've always been a Chase Daniel fan. I knew he'd make it in the NFL. The way he is, he wants to play so we'll see how this works out, but I'm happy for him."
Alex Smith has yet to play game for Chiefs and already Kansas City has picked up an insurance policy in QB Chase Daniel. #apprehensive— Ben Maller (@benmaller) March 12, 2013
QB controversy should start around Week 6 RT @pschrags: Chase Daniel has better footwork and a better arm than Alex Smith.— gregg rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) March 12, 2013
Andy Reid said they are looking for the next Len Dawson. The search is over. Chase Daniel.— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) March 12, 2013
DL Mike Devito follows Bob Sutton to KC
The basics: DeVito and the Chiefs agreed on a three-year, $12.6 million deal.
What we said: DeVito isn't being paid like someone who might be cut in training camp. The Chiefs are making a clear commitment to him. He is going to play next season. I would guess Jets defensive coordinator Bob Sutton had a part in DeVito getting this deal. But that commitment comes at a price...Glenn Dorsey isn't walking through that door (probably not).
What John from Gang Green Nation says: He's a superb run stopper. He'll hold the point of attack, occupy blockers, drive them back, make tackles, and keep your linebackers clean with regularity. You can stick him at end in a 3-4 or inside in the 4-3. He's even held up pretty well in spot duty on the nose.
Devito is a two down player, though. He gets no push, like ever in the passing game. As long as you expect him to help against the run and nothing more, you'll be happy with him.
Rich Cimini, ESPN New York: DeVito arrived as an undrafted free agent and cracked the starting lineup in his fourth year, 2010, proving steady play against the run. He played 59 percent of the defensive snaps last season, second among the linemen. The Jets made DeVito take a pay cut last year after drafting his heir apparent, Coples. Ryan immediately named Coples the starter, but the change never occurred, as DeVito proved to be one of the most consistent players on defense.
Kansas City pulled a robbery on The Jets and stole Mike Devito?! Ugh.— elmayimbe (@elmayimbe) March 13, 2013
I unfairly bagged on the Chiefs earlier, but I think they made a great deal with Mike DeVito. Dude's a legit 3-4 lineman.— Cliff Riseborough (@ElCliff76) March 13, 2013
DT Glenn Dorsey probably won't be back
The basics: Glenn Dorsey is visiting the 49ers.
What we said: After Dwayne Bowe, Branden Albert and Dustin Colquitt were re-signed, Dorsey was the Chiefs biggest remaining free agent. Even still, I didn't include him in my "must keep" group of free agents. While Dorsey turned into a fine player, he never was a major impact player.
What Fooch from Niners Nation said: I have to say, I really, really like the idea of signing Glenn Dorsey. He'll be 28 at the start of the season, and has never lived up to his draft potential, but getting him together with Jim Tomsula excites me to no end. It will be interesting to see what kind of money it might cost to bring him in. If they can get him at a decent price, he could prove to be a very solid option at defensive end. And getting to learn from both Tomsula and a guy like Justin Smith? I like the chances of making that work.
Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle: Dorsey, 6-foot-1 and 297 pounds, has played primarily defensive end during his five-year career. The 49ers, however, could be eyeing him as a nose tackle. The No. 5 pick in the 2008 draft, Dorsey has just four career sacks and missed 12 games in 2012 with two separate calf injuries.
RT @adamschefter: Chiefs DT Glenn Dorsey will be visiting the 49ers. >>Oh boy. KC fans are going to get to see how much coaching matters.— NFL Philosophy (@NFLosophy) March 12, 2013
Give me all the Dorsey junk you want. 49ers are going to make him a better player.— NFL Philosophy (@NFLosophy) March 12, 2013
And I say 49ers will make Dorsey a better player because I don't think they let him out of there without signing.— NFL Philosophy (@NFLosophy) March 12, 2013
Dorsey w/another one dimensional run stopper instead of an end that can get some penetration...Glenn Dorsey=Mike Devito. Decent signing...— Brent Bertrand © (@BrentBertrand) March 13, 2013
QB Matt Cassel's future is a trade or release
The basics: Chiefs rumored to be trading Cassel. If they don't trade him, he will be released, per Adam Teicher. The Vikings have been linked to him.
Bolden went for a 6 round pick we can't get that for Cassel— Big Charlie's Saloon (@bigcharlies) March 13, 2013
Can now officially close book on 2009 trade: Matt Cassel/Mike Vrabel to Chiefs for 2nd round pick (Chung). Neither team comes out a winner.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) March 13, 2013
"Can we get a 3rd rd pick for Cassel?" "NO!" "Can we get a 5th rd pick for Cassel?" "NO!" "How about a 7th?" "NO!" "A stick of gum?"— Johnny Coltrane (@Chief_Wildcat) March 13, 2013
If Andy Reid traded Matt Cassel for the ability to always cut to the front of the Chipotle line, I'd say he won the deal.— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) March 13, 2013
Matt Cassel should get released soon with Chase Daniel signing in KC. The Chiefs will pick up $5.875M of cap room when Cassel is cut.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) March 12, 2013
RB Peyton Hillis has a visit to Green Bay scheduled
Update: A new report says Hillis does NOT have a visit with the Packers
Just heard very reliably that Peyton Hillis does NOT have a visit lined up with the Packers. #freeagencygames— Aaron Nagler (@Aaron_Nagler) March 13, 2013
The basics: Hillis is visiting the Packers, who are said to be negotiating with Steven Jackson, too.
What we said: Going from the Chiefs to the Packers wouldn't be such a bad deal. Hillis isn't a dependable feature back but he can be a role player given the right system.
Peyton Hillis on the Pack? can't hate that move. boys a beast!— Da Becchino(@AaronThabuteau) March 13, 2013
Out of all the RBs the packers schedule a meeting with Peyton Hillis— Todd Williams(@DA_KID999) March 13, 2013
Nothing is funnier than P. Hillis pretending that he still wants to play football.People around league KILL him for lack of love for game— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) March 13, 2013
Peyton Hillis fits well with what the #Packers like. Big body running back who can catch and is a plus in pass pro.— Benjamin Allbright (@NFLDraftMonster) March 13, 2013
Haha just remembered Peyton Hillis exists.— Tomb (@tomrobbin92) March 13, 2013