AFC West: Monty Beisel

Chiefs shake up roster

September, 29, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


The Chiefs made some roster moves as they try to find a way to spark a team that is 0-3.

Highlighting the day of change was the signing of tight end Leonard Pope. He was cut by Arizona this summer. Pope played for new Kansas City coach Todd Haley when Haley was the offensive coordinator of the Cardinals.

Pope could instantly get significant playing time with the Chiefs. Haley traditionally doesn’t throw the ball much to the tight end. But he is comfortable with Pope.

The Chiefs cut veteran linebacker Monty Beisel and cornerback Ricardo Colclough. Both players were in their first seasons with Kansas City and played in reserve roles.

The team signed tackle Chris Patrick to the practice squad. The team also released tight end Tom Crabtree from the practice squad.

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

With the Kansas City Chiefs stockpiling linebackers, the natural question is this: Will they continue to do so in the draft?

Many people, including Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, believe the Chiefs will take Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry with the No. 3 overall pick. Curry is considered by several NFL scouts as the best defensive player available and defense is Kansas City's greatest area of need.

The Chiefs have concentrated on adding linebackers this offseason as they transition to becoming a 3-4 defense. They have added veterans Zach Thomas, who agreed to terms Saturday, and Mike Vrabel and backups Monty Beisel and Corey Mays. The team also has holdovers Derrick Johnson and Demorrio Williams.

Kansas City certainly has a large group of linebackers but Vrabel and Thomas are nearing the end of their careers. They are just short-term answers, so there still could be room for Curry.

If the Chiefs don't think Curry is a good fit in the 3-4 defense (look for the thoughts from Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson on this subject Wednesday when the Chiefs go on the clock), they may decide to go elsewhere and stick with the new-look group that has been compiled this offseason. If Curry is not the pick, Kansas City could look to trade out of the No. 3 spot in an attempt to fill other needs.

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs have salary cap room and needs on both sides of the ball.

Yet, aside from a trade early in the free agency period that netted quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel, the Chiefs were quiet. Kansas City's free agent signings were mostly little-known bottom-of-the-roster types.

Tuesday, however, Kansas City got busy.

The Chefs signed receiver Bobby Engram, linebacker Monty Beisel, and receiver Terrance Copper, who will fight to make the roster.

The signing of Engram and Beisel won't rival the additions of Cassel and Vrabel in terms of impact but both should be decent role players.

Engram could battle for the No. 2 receiver spot if he stays healthy, or be a top backup. He has 113 starts in 13 NFL seasons. He has 645 careers catches, including 94 in 2007. He was injured often in 2008. He will be a reliable target for Cassel.

Beisel started his career in 2001 in Kansas City and stayed for four seasons. He has 19 career starts in eight seasons. He could vie for a starting role on a weak Kansas City linebackers unit but most likely will be a backup and a special teams player.

Beisel has ties to the Chiefs' new management. He played in New England in 2005 under new Chiefs' general manager Scott Pioli. He was in Arizona the past three years. He played there for new Chiefs' coach Todd Haley and new Kansas City defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.

Copper played in Dallas when Haley was the receivers coach.

Meanwhile, San Diego free agent Mike Goff visited the Chiefs on Tuesday. The Chargers are not going to bring Goff back but he could start in Kansas City.

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