Looking at the Kansas City Chiefs free agency puzzle

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The Kansas City Chiefs have made a flurry of moves since free agency opened in an effort to hit the reset button on this franchise.

Since the start of the free agency period on Tuesday, few teams can claim to be busy like the Kansas City Chiefs have been.

In the last four days, including Friday, the Chiefs have announced the signings of tight end Anthony Fasano, defensive end Mike DeVito, wide receiver Donnie Avery, defensive back Dunta Robinson, quarterback Chase Daniel, offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz and cornerback Sean Smith.

Of course, the team also added quarterback Alex Smith.

It has been an utter whirlwind around One Arrowhead Drive these days to say the least, thanks to the aggressive decision making of general manager John Dorsey and new head coach Andy Reid.

While it's all good and well to be active in free agency, it doesn't necessarily mean the pieces will all fit together into the final puzzle. Many teams (see: Eagles, Philadelphia) have gone for the brass ring by signing everybody and their mother, only to see disappointment and heartbreak as the season unfolded.

The Chiefs are not assuring themselves of anything. They are simply hedging their bets.

Dorsey is gambling on the idea that by bringing in these mostly young, mid-level free agents, KC can turn things around quickly with a bevy of talent already on the roster.

Personally, I like the moves very much for the most part.

Sean Smith is overrated because he's been tabbed as the top corner available, but he can still play. With his size at 6'3'' and 200+ pounds, Emmitt Thomas is going to have a field day coaching him up.

DeVito gives the Chiefs a hard working, blue collar type on the line who stuffs the run and gets penetration, something Glenn Dorsey was never able to consistently accomplish.

Avery and Fasano both bolster the passing game. In the west coast offense, you want receivers who can create yards after the catch, something Avery should be prolific with. Fasano adds another all-around tight end who is overpaid but should be productive.

Schwartz might prove to be a steal. After missing all of 2011 with a hip injury and then sitting behind Brandon Fusco with the Minnesota Vikings, many believe the former seventh round pick can still play at a high level. Count me as one of those people. He got the job done in Carolina as a starter in 2010.

With Daniel, it's impossible to say. He's thrown nine passes in the NFL. Nobody really knows what Kansas City has in him. He could be the next Trent Green ... or the next Brodie Croyle.

Now we all wait ... and hope for the best.

All in all, you have to give it up for Dorsey. The man is doing everything to win and win now. I don't understand how anybody can possibly gripe after years of calling Clark Hunt cheap and Scott Pioli thrifty. Hunt is flat out making it rain at this point and Dorsey isn't just dipping his toe in the water.

This team still has holes. The Chiefs need an inside linebacker in the worst way and still lack depth in the defensive front seven. Questions remain about the new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and whether Alex Smith can continue to play as he did with the San Francisco 49ers.

Dorsey went into free agency with the goal of limiting those needs and putting our current players in the best position to succeed.

Now we all wait - Dorsey and the organization including - and hope for the best.

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