ESPN's Todd McShay mocked a center to the Kansas City Chiefs in his latest 2015 NFL mock draft but the Chiefs could sign a veteran center before the draft comes. That center could be free agent Tim Barnes, who is visiting the Chiefs today.
Rams free-agent C/G Tim Barnes visiting Kansas City today.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) March 30, 2015
If you're familiar with that name, it's probably because you're familiar with Missouri, where Barnes went to school. Or you saw this from the Star's Terez Paylor earlier this month.
I’m hearing the #Chiefs have had exploratory talks with former Rams C Tim Barnes. I’d expect the Chiefs to sign a veteran C of some sorts.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 12, 2015
The Chiefs were also linked to Raiders free agent Stefan Wisniewski.
Barnes played college football at Missouri until he went undrafted in 2011. He was briefly with the Baltimore Ravens before joining the St. Louis Rams for the last three seasons. The Chiefs need for a center is an obvious one after Rodney Hudson left for the Oakland Raiders in free agency. Eric Kush is the remaining center on the roster. We've talked plenty about whether the Chiefs should roll with Kush -- GM John Dorsey says he has confidence in Kush -- or whether they'll bring in a center to compete with him.
Because Kush is unproven after being selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, it makes sense to bring in someone compete with him. Barnes, however, only has four career starts to his name. We'll see if the Chiefs end up signing Barnes.