Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Chiefs receive C+ grade in free agency
By Adam Teicher
For those with ESPN Insider access, a team of ESPN’s personnel analysts (including former Colts general manager Bill Polian) have graded free agency for each of the NFL’s 32 teams. The Kansas City Chiefs ranked 16th for the things they have and haven’t done in free agency , and received a C+.
One analyst, Matt Williamson, a former scout with the Cleveland Browns, thought the Chiefs took too big a hit on their offensive line by letting starters Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz walk away in free agency. He will be proved right if Eric Fisher, appointed as Albert’s successor by coach Andy Reid, can’t adequately handle the starting left tackle spot, and the Chiefs don’t capably fill the vacant starting position at right guard.
The other analysts praised the Chiefs for their restraint in not overpaying for any of the five departing free agents. They suggested what I had written earlier, that losing Pittsburgh wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to the Denver Broncos was their biggest failure of free agency.
“Sanders would have been a perfect complement to Dwayne Bowe," wrote Louis Riddick, a former personnel director for the Philadelphia Eagles.
While the Chiefs’ success in free agency was ranked in the middle of the league, they were second among teams from the AFC West. The other three teams were at or near one end of the spectrum or the other.
The Denver Broncos were rated fourth with a B+. The San Diego Chargers were 26th with a C, and the Oakland Raiders were 32nd and last with an F.