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The Chiefs do seem likely to add a receiver at some point this offseason, but it’ll likely be one of the lower-cost variety to play some slot and build up the depth behind Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. Meanwhile, the Steelers may be stuck trying to accept less than they want for Brown with the market apparently drying up. With Brown having a $2.5 million roster bonus due on March 17, his new destination should be known soon — if the Steelers even decide to trade him at all.
Instead, the Chiefs have added Harold Jones-Quartey, who last played for the Bears in 2016. Jones-Quartey, a product of Division-II Findlay, originally signed with Arizona as an undrafted free agent in 2015. Jones-Quartey was claimed off waivers by the Bears in 2015 and had two somewhat productive seasons. He grabbed an interception in each season and finished with 103 tackles. He also had a forced fumble.
As we all know, the Chiefs went with Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan as their number one selection. No one was jumping for joy over an offensive tackle being the first pick, but Fisher is still with the Chiefs to this day and made it to his first Pro Bowl this past season. It hasn’t always been pretty, but most would agree that given the other prospects that year, Kansas City made the right choice by drafting Fisher.
It is worth wondering, however, if the Chiefs hadn’t traded for Alex Smith a few months prior to the draft, if they’d have reached on a quarterback with that number one overall pick. Honestly, they probably traded for Smith BECAUSE of how bad the quarterback class was that year, but let’s say they hadn’t acquired Smith.
Hill is shooting his shot and trying to get Eric Weddle to join the Chiefs. Weddle formerly played for the San Diego Chargers (now Los Angeles) and was pretty disgruntled when he left there. So he’d probably like an opportunity to play against his old team. The 34-year-old likely won’t break the bank either.
Shane Ray, Denver Broncos
Age (2019 season): 26 — Height: 6-3 — Weight: 245
Blessed with an advanced pass-rush arsenal — a great spin move, dip-and-rip, and good bend around the edge — Ray also is a good run defender and has great reaction time at diagnosing the play and attacking the ball carrier. He gives high effort in both phases of the defense and crashes down the line of scrimmage to blow up the backside cutbacks.
The Kansas City, Missouri, native is a sure tackler and is really good at games and loops in the pass rush with his speed. He projects as a Leo, or weakside edge rusher, in the Chiefs’ new scheme.
Maybe the same mindset would carry over into free agency. If the Chiefs can’t offer as much as another franchise like the New York Jets, would that be okay? If any player might accept less to play where he wants, would it not be a player who’s already sat out a full year? Bell does what he wants to do. If he says he wants to play for the Chiefs, who’s going to stop him?
Rodgers-Cromartie has a history with head coach Andy Reid, new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and secondary coach David Merritt. Rodgers-Cromartie played under Reid in Philadelphia and Spagnuolo and Merritt in New York. Familiarity seems to be the modus operandi of the new defensive coaching staff. Spagnuolo brought in a staff that has a history of success that all previously worked with him as a player or coach. Why wouldn’t the Chiefs seek to bring in some players who offer that same level of familiarity?
Cameron Wake: Kansas City Chiefs
We’ll see what the Chiefs do with Dee Ford and Justin Houston as they transition to a new scheme under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. But Andy Reid views defensive end as a premium position, and even though Wake is 37, he can still get after the quarterback. He has produced a sack or QB hit on 9.63 percent of his pass-rush opportunities over the last two seasons. That’s the second-best mark among any of the defensive players in this year’s class.