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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
What's next for Kansas City?

By Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs two biggest needs coming out of a disastrous 2-14 2012 season were to improve at coach and quarterback.

It’s not even March and the Chiefs have addressed both areas. In January, they replaced the overmatched Romeo Crennel with highly-decorated Andy Reid. The Matt Cassel era is now over and the Chiefs have replaced him with Alex Smith, who was will be acquired in a trade that was agreed upon Wednesday.

With those positions covered, what else do the Chiefs have to do this offseason? Plenty.

They have three key free agents in Dwayne Bowe, left tackle Branden Albert and Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt. The Chiefs want to re-sign all three players. One of the three will likely be given the franchise tag. I think Bowe is the top priority. Smith needs weapons and the Chiefs’ receiving crew outside of Bowe is unproven.

Of course, the Chiefs also have the first pick in the draft. I think they’d like to trade it because the top talent doesn’t fit their needs. But finding a trade partner may not be easy.

If Albert is allowed to walk, the team will likely pursue Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel with the top pick. If that is the case, the money intended for Albert must be earmarked to help in another area. I suggested trading for Jets’ cornerback Darrelle Revis and I stand by it. The Chiefs needs to get creative to get over the hump now that their two biggest needs have been addressed.