Friday, March 14, 2014
Chiefs continue to rebound in free agency
By Adam Teicher
The start of the free-agent signing period wasn't kind to the Kansas City Chiefs as they lost five players who were regulars at one point of the season or another last year.
Since, they've rebounded nicely. Their latest addition, defensive lineman Vance Walker, is a solid one. The Chiefs signed Walker to a three-year contract worth a maximum of $13.75 million. He is guaranteed at least $3.75 million.
Walker was about to be in demand. He had visits set up with the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers had he left his interview in Kansas City without a Chiefs contract.
He got one and will fill one of the last remaining holes on Kansas City's defense. The Chiefs were searching for a replacement for starting end Tyson Jackson, who was one of those five free agents who signed at the opening of the signing period. He joined the Atlanta Falcons.
The Chiefs previously signed a linebacker, Joe Mays, to fill a hole in their starting lineup at one of the inside spots. They have yet to sign a free agent to replace free safety Kendrick Lewis, a free agent. But the Chiefs drafted Sanders Commings last year and may give him first shot at the job.
Otherwise, the Chiefs are now whole on defense. It's their offense that needs attention and that's most likely where they will focus much if not all of their attention in what remains in free agency and the early portion of the draft.