Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey has a plan. It has been coming together over the last few days, with a flurry of activity. Free agency does not technically start until March 10 at 3 p.m. (Arrowhead Time), but the 32 NFL teams seen not to care very much about legalities. Neither do the Chiefs, who have reportedly signed WR Jeremy Maclin to a five-year deal that will average $11M per season. The Chiefs made their big splash before free agency even started.
While the Chiefs have already been plenty busy over the past week, there is still much to be done. They'll need to be under the salary cap by 3 p.m. today. Dorsey will have some cap space to work with and ample ways to create more should the moment strike. Here is what needs to be squared away over the next few weeks:
UPDATE: Chiefs expected to cut D-Bowe this week, per multiple reports
Bowe is "expected" to be cut or traded, per an NFL Network report last week. He has a $14 million cap hit and his release would save $5 million against the cap with $9 million in dead money.
It seems impossible that the Chiefs are willing to pay Dwayne Bowe the money he's currently slated for. At a $14 million cap hit, Bowe would be a ridiculous overpay by Dorsey. However, everyone expected Bowe to be a free agent at this point, but it has not happened.
Bowe can still be released at any time and save the Chiefs $5 million. Then again, perhaps he has been inspired to take a pay cut after seeing the actions of Tamba Hali and Mike DeVito. Either way, expect movement on this front at some point this offseason.
O-line still needs help after loss of Rodney Hudson
It is no secret the offensive line stunk last year. Kansas City needs desperately to upgrade this group, especially after watching Rodney Hudson leave for the Oakland Raiders. With Eric Fisher as the only concrete starter (Jeff Allen will also likely have a spot), Dorsey needs to find at least two competent players.
A couple names to watch are Stefen Wisniewski and Clint Boling. Boling is a quality guard who played his first four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Wisniewski is a center who can step in and play good football right away, and he'll be happy as can be. Why? He's on a real football team and not in Oakland.
Another name to watch is Bryan Bulaga. The Green Bay Packers did not re-sign their right tackle, allowing him to hit the market. Bulaga would represent an upgrade over Ryan Harris, although he stands to be pricey and does have an injury history.
Standing on the corner
The Chiefs need to add depth in the secondary, particularly at corner. Dorsey has a stud in Sean Smith, who is entering the final year of his contract, but not much else outside of second-year man Phillip Gaines. While Gaines has potential, he might be better served playing in a limited role, or perhaps even the slot, before being completely depended upon.
Per CBS Sports, Darrelle Revis is somehow in play for Kansas City, so that's a story to watch (that will probably result in nothing).
Chiefs free agents
LB Justin Houston (Franchise tag, $13.2M
C Rodney Hudson (Signed by Raiders, 5 years, $44.5M)
S Kurt Coleman (Chiefs want him back, has interest from others)
S Ron Parker (Seeking $6M per year, has interest from others)
WR Jason Avant ("Mutual interest" about coming back)
LB Josh Mauga (Re-signed 3-year, $8M deal)
G Mike McGlynn
DT Kevin Vickerson
OL Jeff Linkenbach
CB Chris Owens
LS Thomas Gafford
RT Ryan Harris
RB Joe McKnight
TE Richard Gordon
Signed by the Chiefs
WR Jeremy Maclin reportedly plans on joining the Chiefs at $11M per year.
LB Justin Houston was franchise tagged (but has not signed it) at $13.2M.
DE Mike DeVito took a pay cut to stay in KC and create more cap space.
LB Tamba Hali took a pay cut to remain in Kansas City.
The Chiefs re-signed LB Josh Mauga to 3-year, $8M deal.
The Chiefs have signed LB Dezman Moses to a 1-year deal.
The Chiefs have tendered TE Demetrius Harris to a 1-year deal.
The Chiefs have tendered OLB Josh Martin to a 1-year deal.
The Chiefs tendered exclusive rights free agent WR Junior Hemingway.
Cut by Chiefs
S Tyvon Branch visited the Chiefs on Monday.
Chiefs reportedly like CB Darrelle Revis.
Former Packers WR Kevin Dorsey worked out for Chiefs.
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