People gave the Kansas City Chiefs more credit than they deserve last season by labeling them as the “Sleeper Team” and having them make the playoffs last season, but with the poor play of Cassel, who has two years left on a six-year, $63 million deal, plus other issues on and off the field that distracted the chemistry of the team and coaches, is one of the reasons the Chiefs went 2-14. It looks like new general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid are making moves to live up to the hype in the off-season.
Step 1: The Chiefs officially traded for Alex Smith on Tuesday, two weeks after the San Francisco 49ers agreed to the deal. All that’s left is for Smith to pass a physical and the paperwork to be filed with the league.
By trading Smith, the 49ers will receive the Chiefs’ second-round pick (34th overall) in this year’s draft and a conditional pick in next year’s draft. Under the three-year contract he signed last March, Smith is guaranteed $8.5 million for the 2013 season, but it’s possible the Chiefs will attempt to sign him to a new deal.
Step 2: Last week, they signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a five-year, $54 million deal, punter Dustin Colquitt to a five-year, $18.75 million deal, and placed the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert, promising him $9.83 million for the 2013 season.
Step 3: On Day 1 of 2013 free agency period, the Chiefs agreed Tuesday to a four-year, $16 million deal with former Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano, a three-year, $12.6 million contract with defensive tackle Mike DeVito, and a three-year deal with former Saints backup quarterback Chase Daniel.
Around noon of Day 2 of free agency, the Chiefs have reached a deal with cornerback Dunta Robinson.
“Winning organizations do moves like this.” Dorsey told AP in an interview last week
The Chiefs’ big spending was made possible by carving out space under the salary cap.
The carving started with the releases of right tackle Eric Winston, wide receiver Steve Breaston and tight end Kevin Boss, and restructured the mammoth contract of defensive end Tyson Jackson. The Chiefs are also expected to release incumbent quarterback Matt Cassel soon.
The Kansas City Chiefs are making calculated moves that will show a quick turnaround in the standings for the 2013-14 season and the fans should have something to look forward to. Did I mention that they still have the No. 1 pick in the draft? Wow!
Written by – Arnold Glass II – AFC West Writer