When talking about the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency the conversation usually starts with Brandon Carr and Dwayne Bowe, both of whom are scheduled to be free agents. ESPN's John Clayton answered a mailbag question with his theory for the Chiefs "big two" when it comes to free agency:
"Matt in Kansas City wonders which free agent the Chiefs will retain sooner, Dwayne Bowe or Brandon Carr. Because they paid so much for Brandon Flowers (five years, $52.5 million), it probably will be harder to keep Carr. The strategy would be to get a long-term contract with Bowe, then maybe franchise Carr."
I think the prediction most people have is the opposite of that -- franchise Bowe and sign Carr to a longterm deal. I, for one, think they'll get something done with Carr.
What we know about the Chiefs free agency strategy is that they say they want enough cap space to give them flexibility, keep the home grown talent (i.e. the players drafted by the Chiefs) in Kansas City and reward the right type of people.
Carr makes sense on all those levels. So, based on what the Chiefs have said previously regarding free agency, you have to think they get something done with him. If they don't then count me among those who would be confused by their strategy.
But, before we get worked up about this, let's remember that the Chiefs still have about six weeks to get something done. They're always quiet about this stuff so we don't really know where they stand with both those guys.