The NFL free agency period began on Tuesday afternoon (in case you live under a rock and didn't realize, which the Chiefs may have not), and it did not go well in the eyes of many Kansas City Chiefs fans.
Outside of re-signing Husain Abdullah, Kansas City stood pat while watching guards Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah, wide receiver Dexter McCluster, defensive end Tyson Jackson and left tackle Branden Albert sign contracts elsewhere. It was certainly an odd day, seeing some long-time Chiefs say goodbye.
Let's take a look at what SB Nation's team blogs have to say about stealing our players, those jerks.
Over at The Falcoholic, Dave Choate types his thoughts on the former No. 3 overall pick:
Jackson's a nice fit as a 3-4 end, where he's played with the Chiefs, though it's fair to wonder whether he'd fare better rushing the passer from a different base set. He's not an elite pass rusher or even close to it—those seven career sacks may have tipped you off on that front—so those hoping the first signing would be to bolster that are likely to be disappointed. Aside from perhaps rotating personnel to get them in better positions to rush the passer, the Falcons haven't touched that need just yet.
My only concern right now is how the contract is structured. Five years and $25 million is a lot for a pure run-stopper, so unless the Falcons are taking the bulk of the cap hit next year when they have loads of space, I can't in good conscience say this is a great deal.
Mr. Choate continues his fine writing, discussing the latest addition to Atlanta's offensive line:
Terms of the contract were not immediately available, but this is a shrewd signing with Scott Pioli's fingerprints all over it. Pioli was the one who drafted Asamoah, and it's fair to suggest he's kept tabs on the 6'4", 305 pound guard since his departure from Kansas City. Despite his benching for Geoff Schwartz a year ago, Asamoah was clearly one of the best guards on the market, and getting him signed so quickly tells you the Falcons had him as their priority entering free agency.
Asamoah was my early pick for a right guard signing, both for his connection to Scott Pioli and his skill. He's extremely reliable in pass protection, if only average as a run blocking guard, and is just 26 years old. There should be no question as to whether he'll be the starting right guard, as he's immediately the best option on the roster and the kind of player who should be able to lock down the position for the next few seasons.
University of Tennessee fans everywhere should be applauding this move. While I am not a Tennessee fan, I am applauding this move. There was a lot of talk about Darren Sproles in the last couple of days, but I like McCluster better. He is younger and can bring the same match-up problems.
Big Blue View sees this as a pretty solid move, pending the contract numbers:
He is a power blocker and is versatile enough to play all along the line. Initially pegged as a guard, reports are coming out now with the speculation that Schwartz was signed to play right tackle. If that indeed is the case, Justin Pugh likely moves to left guard or even left tackle.
Schwartz will likely cost a pretty penny and when the numbers come out, fans may want to avert their eyes, but this had to happen. There was no chance the Giants went into the 2014-2015 season without revamping their offensive line. There is still more work to be done here.
The Phinsider's Kevin Nogle writes about Albert coming to South Beach and what it means for a bad offensive line:
Albert was selected to his first Pro Bowl last season after playing the year on the Kansas City Chiefs' franchise tag. The Dolphins and Chiefs had been working on a trade that would have sent the 2008 first-round Draft pick to Miami before last year's NFL Draft, but the two sides could not agree to terms, in part because the Chiefs refused to allow teams to conduct a physical on Albert.
Reports this offseason say Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin was the impetus in trying to land Albert last season, while former general manager Jeff Ireland preferred to not trade away a draft pick when he felt the team could sign Albert this year. Both men were proven to be correct when the Dolphins offensive line allowed a franchise record 58 sacks in 2013 and second-year player Jonathan Martin failed as a left tackle, as Philbin feared, while the team now gets Albert without giving up the pick, as Ireland predicted. Of course, Ireland is no longer the GM of the Dolphins, in part because of his decision last year.