This article was written by Patrick Allen of Arrowhead Addict.
The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the teams thought to have put together one of the best free agent classes in 2012 and yet they find themselves entering the 2013 league years as the NFL’s worst team.
Most of KC’s problems in 2012 stemmed from bad coaching and atrocious QB play. Now that it looks as though the team is trading for QB Alex Smith, the areas of need that GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid need to fill are becoming clearer.
Here is a list of positions the Chiefs should target in free agency when it kicks off on March 12th:
Alex Smith or no Alex Smith, the Chiefs still need QB depth. They could opt to draft a developmental guy late but it is clear the new regime is not thrilled with this year’s crop of QBs. Depth at the game’s most important position will be paramount.
2. Defensive End
The Chiefs are likely to allow Glenn Dorsey to leave in free agency. They also will have to either cut Tyson Jackson or restructure his contract as the former LSU Tiger is owed about $14 million this year. The Chiefs could find themselves needing two starting DEs when free agency kicks off.
3. Defensive Back
The Chiefs need a #2 corner and depth at the safety positions. KC has a number of young corners but none of them were able to distinguish themselves as starters in 2012. The CB position is deep but lacks that solid #2 guy.
At safety, the Chiefs need to add depth behind Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis.
4. Wide Receiver
The Chiefs may franchise Dwayne Bowe but they are going to need more weapons for Alex Smith to throw to. Picking up a few veterans in free agency could be just what the doctor ordered.
5. Inside Linebacker
The suicide of Jovan Belcher left the Chiefs with a hole in the middle of their defense. Three of KC’s four starting linebackers made the Pro Bowl in 2012. If KC can add one more solid piece in free agency they could have one of the most dominant linebacking cores in the NFL.