Entering free agency, I'd say most Kansas City Chiefs fans pointed to center and right guard as positions that should be examined closely for an upgrade. In addition to that, I think a lot of us were bummed over the loss of Wade Smith, who was an adequate replacement at several positions on the offensive line.
There wasn't much action for the Chiefs in the first seven days of free agency but now they're hitting the second tier of free agents they've talked about and appear to be focusing on the offensive line.
The Chiefs made a few moves yesterday demonstrating their understanding of the need for an offensive line make-over at several spots.
New center in town
Two of the other three teams in the AFC West -- Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers -- run a 3-4 defense meaning there's a big 300+ pound nose tackle across from the center on every play. In other words, the center position is especially important in this division.
The Chiefs on Friday brought back center Casey Wiegmann. The Broncos are moving away from a zone blocking scheme so he didn't fit in their plans. Wiegmann is 37 but folks will argue he's an upgrade at center, even if it's just for one year.
Upgrade at guard being looked at
The Chiefs are also reportedly bringing in free agent guard Ryan Lilja for a visit.
Looking at the Chiefs offensive line -- with the loss of Andy Alleman and Wade Smith -- there's not really a right guard on the roster.
Lilja played left guard but I suspect he and Brian Waters could handle both guard positions.
The new Wade Smith?
On Friday, agent for free agent offensive lineman Hank Fraley said the Chiefs are interested in his client and the signing of another player (i.e. Wiegmann) doesn't change their interest.
He also says there's a possible visit to the Chiefs, which NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports will happen on Monday.
Fraley can play multiple positions on the offensive line. On the surface, he appears to be a Wade Smith replacement.