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Chiefs Free Agency: Restricted Free Agents

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We're nearing the conclusion of Kansas City Chiefs free agency day around here. We've already looked at the unrestricted free agents -- players I would keep, players I would keep if the price is right and players I would let walk.

Now it's time to look at the restricted free agents. 

Here are the Chiefs (expected) restricted free agents: CB Maurice Leggett, TE Brad CottamDE Wallace Gilberry, CB Brandon Carr, OT Barry Richardson, FB Mike Cox and S Reshard Langford (Langford is an exclusive rights free agent)

The guys in parentheses reportedly received tenders shortly before the lockout in March so we think the Chiefs are keeping them. (Let's keep in mind the caveat that those reported tenders aren't official yet.)

As for the first three -- Leggett and Cottam -- I would strongly consider keeping Cottam depending on the health of his neck after surgery last year.  

The next three -- Gilberry, Carr and Richardson -- are, in my mind, no-brainer keepers. In terms of importance, I would rank them: Carr, Richardson and Gilberry. The lack of another offensive tackle on the team makes Richardson's role more valuable.

As for Cox and Langford, I would hang onto both as well. In my previous free agency predictions, I had FB Tim Castille leaving so Cox will fill that role. And, on Langford, he is still young and has time to develop. Plus, he's pretty cheap, so there's no reason to get rid of him.