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Jamell Fleming to safety shouldn't change Chiefs team needs

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A couple years ago the Kansas City Chiefs drafted a corner and flipped him to safety. Ron Parker handled the transitioned well and turned it into a $35 million contract. Now the Chiefs will reportedly try to do the same with Jamell Fleming as Alex Marvez of Fox Sports is reporting that the Chiefs are moving Fleming to safety.

Perhaps this helps explain why we haven't seen much movement from the Chiefs on the safety market. Tyvon Branch is in Arizona while Husain Abdullah is still unsigned (to answer a question: I have no idea if Abdullah coming back). Meanwhile, Eric Berry has been franchise tagged with Parker being the other safety. The Chiefs need another safety, probably two, to add to the rotation. Fleming can be that guy - if he makes it.

The Chiefs can't rely on Fleming. It's a new position and we have no idea how he'll take it. Parker's success is certainly the exception, not the rule, so let's temper expectations that Fleming is the "next Ron Parker".

That said, I applaud the Chiefs for trying something new. Fleming couldn't give the Chiefs much outside of his special teams contributions but it wasn't for a lack of effort. The Chiefs gave Fleming playing time early on last season when Sean Smith was out and he was roasted by Peyton Manning late in Week 2 which contributed to the Chiefs loss to the Broncos. Putting him at safety can salvage what you can get out of him (salvage may not be the right word ... he's only 26).

Regardless of Fleming, the Chiefs still need a safety and they still need a corner. They now have another body at safety but the overall need for both shouldn't change much.