All Quiet With Free Agency & Chiefs

After a big splash in first week of NFL free agency, the Chiefs wrapped up this week without much fanfare.

With the team’s decision makers headed this weekend to Florida for the NFL’s annual March Owners Meeting, the pace will likely be slow early next week as well. In the last three days, the Chiefs have had just two visitors according to the NFL: unrestricted free agents WR Jerricho Cotchery and CB Chris Carr.

The only signing they managed was ILB Jovan Belcher, who signed his restricted free agent tender offer of $1.972 million. That will allow Belcher to take part in the team’s off-season program when it begins within the next month. He was the only restricted free agent for the Chiefs.

On the UFA-front Cotchery and Carr both left town without contracts and that’s not a particularly good sign they will soon be members of the Chiefs. GM Scott Pioli and his crew have done a good job this year not allowing free agent visitors they wanted get out of town without a deal.

Two former Chiefs were visiting other teams in the past week, as RB Jackie Battle went to San Diego and RT Barry Richardson was in St. Louis. Neither one signed with the Chargers or Rams.

Other transactions that went down in the league on Friday:

Arizona – re-signed K Jay Feely.

Atlanta – re-signed LS Joe Zelenka.

Baltimore – re-signed LB Jameel McClain, LB Brendan Ayanbadejo and LB Corey Graham (Chicago).

Carolina – signed WR Chris Manno, who was in camp last year with the Chiefs.

Cincinnati – signed DE Jamaal Anderson, who was with Indianapolis last year; re-signed OL Anthony Collins and DE Derrick Harvey.

Denver – signed TE Joe Dreessen from Houston and TE Jacob Tamme from India

Detroit – re-signed ILB Stephen Tulloch, to a 5-year, $25 million deal with a $6.5 million signing bonus.

Green Bay – signed C Jeff Saturday, long-time snapper for Peyton Manning at Indianapolis.

Indianapolis – signed WR Donnie Avery, previously with St. Louis; acquired QB Drew Stanton in a trade with the New York Jets.

Minnesota – re-signed WR Devin Aromashodu and LB Erin Henderson.

New England – restricted free agent QB Brian Hoyer signed his tender offer;

New Orleans – signed OLB Chris Chamberlain; he played last year with St. Louis.

Seattle – signed RB Kregg Lumpkin who had been at Tampa Bay.

4 Responses to “All Quiet With Free Agency & Chiefs”

  • March 24, 2012  - el cid says:

    Missed on the last two visitors, but there should be a couple of hundred lesser players to give us some depth. Other than agruing over leftover NTs, there is probably not a player who could fill a need as a starter but backups, might change the later drafting choices.

  • March 24, 2012  - Niblick says:

    el cid-I agree. I don’t really want them to sign Franklin just because he’s the only name NT still left in free agency. He’s the guy everyone wanted us to sign last year and was basically a bust with the 49rs last year. Like you said, maybe there are a couple of free agents still left that could help us with depth.

  • March 24, 2012  - kcarrowhead says:

    Franklin is good NT, and one of the better ones still available. I never heard he was a bust with the 49ers. He was franchised by the 49ers the year before he left for the Saints. The next year, when the 49ers didn’t franchise him, he priced himself out of SF and went to the Saints. The Saints run a 4-3, and Franklin was out of place there. Not to mention the Saints rotated him with Sedrick Ellis and Shaun Rogers.

    I would actually have preferred NT Pat Sims of the Bengals-a younger, run-stuffing DL, but he just re-signed with them. Antonio Garay and Shaun Rogers are also still available. The Chiefs should sign one of the three-Franklin, Garay or Rogers. Sleepers are Brandon Mckinney (Ravens) Adams (Bears).

    Pioli did some good work so far in free agency, but this is not time for him to go back to his usual sleep mode during free agency. There are still holes to fill at NT, one or two backup O Linemen, backup safties and another corner. For depth, I like: OT Roland (Bengals), T-G Carey (Dolphins), G-C Kosier (Cowboys); Safties: Leonhard (Jets),Ball and Elam (Cowboys),Bullitt (Colts), S Giordano (Raiders), Bell (Dolphins) Sanders (Falcons); Corners Daniels (KC), Bowman (Bears), Foxworth (Ravens), Carr (Ravens), Hayden (Falcons), Mcfadden (Steelers). Those are just some of the players still available. Some more players will come free after the draft, and you can make some good pick-ups then too, but at least couple more should be signed now.

    Haven’t heard much about it, but hopefully Pioli is working on an extension for Brandon Albert. He should also work on restructuring or extending Dorsey and Jackson to bring down their cap numbers .

  • March 24, 2012  - Niblick says:

    kcarrowhead-Bust was probably too strong of a word on Franklin. He had a disappointing year after resigning with the 49rs. At least thats the word I heard. We almost signed Rogers last year. We signed Gregg instead. I would be okay with Rogers for a veteran nose tackle.

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