What's next: The remaining holes in the Chiefs' roster are in the secondary. They could go a long way toward filling the void at safety by re-signing Husain Abdullah, who is versatile enough to fill many roles and has played well since arriving in Kansas City in 2013. At corner, the Chiefs have Peters and Phillip Gaines, who missed most of last season because of a torn ACL. A move for a corner in free agency or the draft seems imminent.
"Different people have different motivations, obviously, but with me, I wanted to go to a good team and I wanted to have a chance to be a part of the defense and make plays," he said. "With the conversations I had with the teams that I was choosing from, the conversations I had with the Cardinals I felt was the best fit for me."
First off, Peters is not a secret anymore. While teams were aware of him because of his draft selection, he was a still a rookie corner who had been a three-star before college and then been kicked off of his college team. Yes, he was a tremendously talented player, but he had a lot to prove. Quarterbacks were willing to test him and that translates into picks. They now know what he can do. They also have tape. Obviously, there was none before 2015. Teams can now sit back and study his game, looking for tendencies and things they can exploit. This may not give the offense the edge, but it’s certainly an advantage they didn’t have last year.
But during a conference call with the Kansas City media on Tuesday, Streater — who signed a one-year deal worth up to $4.8 million with the Chiefs — insisted he’s not out for vengeance. "The Chiefs gave me the best opportunity and gave me a shot to go out there and prove myself," Streater said. "I’m just ready to prove myself to the Chiefs and give my all for the fans, the organization, Chiefs Kingdom and for the Chiefs overall. I’m just focused on being the best player I can be for the Kansas City Chiefs."
The NFL Management Council has released each team’s performance-based pay distributions for the 2015 season, and Duvernay-Tardif topped all Chiefs with an additional payout of $253,540, the 23rd-highest amount in the league.
The entire Warriors team was there to celebrate, along with celebrity chef Michael Mina, Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware and wide receiver Rod Streater, Toney Douglas of the New Orleans Pelicans, as well as 49ers linebacker Gerald Hodges.
Setting aside whether it even makes sense to prohibit direct contact between teams and impending free agents during the tampering period (King suggests that the league believes the Chiefs had contact with Jeremy Maclin even before the 2015 legal tampering period began, although the NFL’s announcement doesn’t say that), picking out a team that doesn’t have a track record of sketchy behavior with a head coach who would be likely to contact a former player the coach drafted and proving that a violation occurred ignores the strong possibility that every other team is doing the same thing. If the league is serious about solving the problem, the league should investigate all 32 teams immediately.
But the Chiefs? Who have they wronged? They don’t win enough to be disliked, and with the notable exception of the Scott Pioli years, have carried a reputation as a solid-if-underperforming organization. Clark Hunt carries near unanimous respect around the league. I’ll be surprised if the penalties aren’t lowered, and depending on how this works out, I’ll be very surprised if Goodell’s handling of it doesn’t negatively impact how he’s viewed by the owners he works for. This is just such a strange and unnecessary fight to pick.