The Kansas City Chiefs current free agency situation reminds me of John Dorsey’s first year with the Chiefs in 2013. The Chiefs had a few big free agents hitting the market, including Branden Albert and Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs opted to tag Albert and sign Bowe to a long-term deal.
It’s not quite the same but Eric Berry and Dontari Poe are similar this year, and the Chiefs should hope for a similar result where they can keep both even if for just one more year.
In the Albert / Bowe situation, the Chiefs were in a tough spot with Albert because they had just drafted Eric Fisher. They had no receivers so they really needed Bowe and eventually had to overpay him.
This year, the Chiefs just drafted Chris Jones and have some depth on the defensive line. They don’t have that same depth at safety. In our comparison to four years ago, that would mean Berry gets the big contract before free agency.
There are ways that the Chiefs can keep both. Dorsey said so last week when talking to the media. Of course, he didn’t he didn’t offer up details explaining how but the Chiefs have some wiggle room with the cap - if they want to start cutting certain players.