The Chiefs have taken steps to retain a pair of key restricted free agents, placing a second-round tender on safety Daniel Sorensen and an original-round tender on kicker Cairo Santos. Each player will now be allowed to test free agency, but the Chiefs will have the opportunity to match any offer that either receives. If they decline to do so with Sorensen, they will receive a second-round pick from the team that signs him.
The number one reason the Chiefs don’t need to get involved in free agency this year is that they don’t have any major holes. They have an offensive line locked in for at least three years. They also have a solid wide receiver core that is young and productive when given the opportunity. The defense brings back every member of a top five defense except for nose tackle Dontari Poe. The Chiefs are deep along the defensive line, though, and can fill his spot internally with players like Jaye Howard, Chris Jones or Rakeem Nunez-Roches.
Poe’s price wont be cheap however, and he could end up opting for a one-year deal in order to hit the market again in 2018, when the defensive tackle class should be weak. The Chiefs will be hard pressed to keep Poe at this point, but Indianapolis, Oakland, Atlanta and others continue to monitor his market.
Sidney Jones is considered a true first-round pick, though it’s not certain if he will be available when the Seahawks take their first pick at No. 26. Jones is 6-foot, 186 pounds, and ran a 4.48 in the 40. More important, he looks so much like former Husky corner Marcus Peters, who went to the Chiefs in the first round and ended up the 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
"I lost my dog tag (during a game), which is really precious to me," Berry explained. "I lost it and (team security manager) Brian (Shafar) and [stadium services manager] Rocco (Mazzella) and his staff ended up finding them after a game, separated the tag and the chain. "I was like, ‘Well, it must be meant to be.’ "I lost my chain, and it was buried at Arrowhead, and I get it the next day—it was resurrected."
Both are big nose tackles, but they have some versatility to do more. Poe is coming off a couple down years in Kansas City after big performances in 2013 and 2014. La Canfora is suggesting he might take a one-year deal in hopes of hitting the market again in 2018 for a bigger pay day.