The Kansas City Chiefs offensive line is shaping up to be one of the best position battles entering the 2015 offseason. After signing Paul Fanaika and trading for Ben Grubbs, the Chiefs offensive line is coming into focus ... but only a little bit.
The only positions that seem somewhat set right now are Eric Fisher at left tackle and Ben Grubbs at left guard. Everything else? I dunno.
I can come up with a whole bunch of different Chiefs o-line scenarios that all seem possible at the moment. Donald Stephenson at right tackle and Jeff Allen at guard. Or Jeff Allen at tackle, Paul Fanaika at guard and Stephenson as the swing tackle. Or Zach Fulton at guard, Stephenson at right tackle and Allen as the swing tackle and backup guard. Eric Kush at center or a veteran signing at center. Is anyone going to say Jeff Allen definitely can't play center? You get the idea.
I haven't even mentioned the incoming draft picks yet. I have the list of the Chiefs current offensive linemen listed below but after the first week of May we will see more offensive linemen from the draft and undrafted free agency.
Here's a look at the Chiefs depth chart, which helps illustrate the number of options they have on the o-line.
The Chiefs went with two centers on the roster last season so I suspect they'll do the same this season. Look for someone else to be added here. I wouldn't be surprised to see anything here, whether that's a veteran to compete with Kush or a draft pick.
It was earlier this season that we were talking about LDT as someone to watch for next season. Things are much more crowded now. Grubbs is basically locked in as the left guard. Everyone else is competing for right guard or a backup spot.
I like Allen and Stephenson and want them to remain Chiefs. But let's consider the future. Both players are entering the final year of their contracts and the Chiefs regime has shown that they will let linemen walk in free agency. They haven't paid any of them significantly (besides Eric Fisher, who was a draft pick). Let's be prepared for that possibility.