Kansas City Chiefs: Brandon Carr

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For those of you with ESPN Insider access, Mel Kiper Jr. has an interesting look Insider at the 2008 draft, and how it would have gone if we knew how things would turn out with the players available that year.

Remember that 2008 is the year the Kansas City Chiefs amassed many extra draft picks, including two in the first round, and cleaned up. They drafted among others Branden Albert, Brandon Flowers, Jamaal Charles and Brandon Carr that year.

The Chiefs had the fifth and, after trading up a couple of spots, 15th selections in the first round. Kiper Jr. gives the Chiefs offensive tackle Jake Long of Michigan with the fifth pick. Long was selected No. 1 overall that year by the Miami Dolphins.

So with no need for Albert, chosen by the Chiefs in 2008 with that 15th overall pick, Kiper Jr. gives them Central Florida guard Josh Sitton, originally picked by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round.

To show what a strong draft the Chiefs had in 2008, Kiper has four players selected that year by the Chiefs going in the first round. He has Albert going 28th in the first round to the Seattle Seahawks, Carr 24th to the Tennessee Titans, Flowers 21st to the Atlanta Falcons and Charles 12th to the, sorry, Denver Broncos. Imagine that one, if the Chiefs had been playing against Charles twice each season all these years.

The Chiefs that year took Albert in the first round, Flowers in the second, Charles in the third and Carr in the fifth.

Interestingly, the Chiefs took defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey with the fifth pick that year. Dorsey left the Chiefs last year as a free agent for the San Francisco 49ers.

In Kiper’s 2008 redo, Dorsey isn’t among the 32 players chosen in the first round.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former general manager Scott Pioli has been roasted, most times deservedly so, by Chiefs fans angry with many of the personnel moves he made in his four seasons in Kansas City. One of the unpopular moves I happened to agree with: his decision last year to let cornerback Brandon Carr become a free agent.

Carr returns to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday for the first time since, a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Don’t get me wrong: Carr is an excellent player who would still look very good in a Chiefs uniform.

In a perfect world, the Chiefs would have been able to retain Carr. But the NFL world isn’t perfect, and once the Chiefs’ other starting cornerback, Brandon Flowers, signed a contract extension in September 2011 worth $50 million over five years, Carr became a short-timer in Kansas City. He wasn’t going to take one penny less to stay, and the Chiefs couldn’t afford to give him the same contract they gave Flowers.

Technically, they could have given Carr a contract identical to Flowers'. And for the sake of argument, let’s assume the Chiefs signed Carr for the same deal he was given by the Cowboys: five years, $50.1 million (and you thought Carr wasn’t motivated by Flowers’ contract).

Carr would have cost the Chiefs about $5.4 million this year against the salary cap. The Chiefs instead used that room to sign both starting cornerbacks, Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson, who are costing them about $5.75 million this year against the cap.

So the Chiefs got two players for the price of one here. Given their need heading into this offseason for a quality nickel back, that’s a pretty good deal.

In essence, Pioli had to make a decision back then: Flowers or Carr. I’d say, in this case, he made the right one.