How Did Sports Illustrated Grade the Chiefs Free Agency Moves? from The Mothership
As one of the many national media outlets to cover the NFL, the people over at Sports Illustrated ranked every free agency transaction of the 32 teams thus far.
It's a daunting task, particularly because many of these players haven't even stepped on the field for their new team yet, but that doesn't stop them from writing how they feel and it sure doesn't stop us from wanting to know what they think.
Here's how Greg A. Bedard of Sports Illustrated graded the Chiefs offseason moves thus far:
Chiefs agree to contract terms with former Raiders WR Rod Streater from The Kansas City Star
[I]f the Chiefs are looking for a veteran to compete with youngsters Albert Wilson and Chris Conley for the No. 2 receiver spot, Steater's addition makes some sense. With the Raiders, he showed a willingness to work over the middle and an aptitude for using his length and ball skills to make contested catches, when healthy.
He should also be motivated to prove his worth, considering he'll get to face his former team twice a year and will be allowed to test free agency again next March.
Chiefs add depth with free-agent signing of WR Rod Streater from Chiefs Digest
Veteran depth at the wide receiver position arrived Saturday.
The Chiefs and wide receiver Rod Streater agreed to terms on a one-year deal, a source familiar with the transaction confirmed with ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the signing.
Streater would be able to help the Chiefs if he can return to the form he showed in 2013. Albert Wilson was the Chiefs' No. 2 wide receiver for most of last season but he had just 35 catches and 2 touchdowns.
The combined total of catches, yards and touchdowns from Wilson and their other wide receivers last year was less than what Maclin produced.
Chiefs bring back CB Jamell Fleming from Chiefs Digest
Fleming played in all 16 regular-season games last season with no starts, logging just 152 defensive snaps. He produced 13 total tackles (12 solo), five passes defensed and a fumble recovery.
His primary contributions in 2015, however, came on special teams, where he ranked third in tackles (8) and totaled the fourth-highest amount of snaps (273).
Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs are the only team that I think have gotten better in this free agency period. They were able to retain key players that are getting up there in age. The Chiefs were able to add Mitchell Schwartz to a very reasonable deal to improve the RT position on their offensive line. The Chiefs have to be the favorite to win their division since that team really lacks any weaknesses. While they aren't in the same tier as the Patriots and Steelers, they are a dark horse threat to carry the AFC in 2016.
The Patriots and their fans have some sort of idea as to what the Chiefs are going through now when the NFL announced this week it would punished Kansas City for tampering with what appeared to be a rather capricious and arbitrary decision to take away two draft picks (one of which is a third-rounder this year) in a case involving receiver Jeremy Maclin. (In addition to the loss of draft picks, the Chiefs, head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey were fined a total of $350,000.) The Chiefs aren't planning to take the decision lightly...