Smith comes to the Chiefs with a chip on his shoulder and a plethora of experience including guiding the 49ers to the NFC Championship game a season ago. In Kansas City, he'll take over the offensive reigns under new head coach, Andy Reid.
The Chiefs obviously paid a heavy price to acquire Smith from the 49ers but they felt it was worth the price. Two weeks ago when this deal was announced the New York Jets were also trying to land the back-up quarterback. But the Chiefs won out.
So was it a good move?
Time will tell but from all accounts the Chiefs appear to be ecstatic that they can finally move on from the Matt Cassel era in Kansas City.
2. QB Chase Daniel - After a short stint in Washington, the undrafted quarterback spent the last three seasons in New Orleans. And one would have to think that the former Missouri Tiger standout learned a few lessons working under Saints Head Coach, Sean Payton and Quarterback, Drew Brees.
Still it's somewhat of a risk move. And I would not be shocked, if the Chiefs still made a move for Eagles back-up quarterback, Nick Foles. But for now Reid believes that Daniel has something to offer the Chiefs. With Alex Smith in the fold, Daniel won't be asked to start or even compete for a starting gig in Kansas City anytime soon.
However, should Smith go down and with little NFL game experience behind him, can he lead the Chiefs offense? Time will tell. Either way it'll be good to have the young man back in the Show Me State.
3. TE Anthony Fasano - The former Miami Dolphins tight end broke into the NFL back in 2006 as a second round pick of the Dallas Cowboys. The Notre Dame graduate is a standout tight end that should compliment Chiefs tight end, Tony Moeaki.
With more NFL teams using multiple tight end sets, the addition of Fasano makes perfect sense for the Chiefs. With KC's new west coast offense, Fasano is a strong middle of the field pass catcher who can also block at the line of scrimmage.
By signing him to 4-year deal the Chiefs made a strong commitment to prying him away from other NFL teams. All in all this was the Chiefs best free agent signing of the day.
4. DE Mike DiVeto - When the Chiefs were unable to finalize a contract with Defensive End, Glenn Dorsey, nor get former Kansas State standout, Chris Canty under contract, Kansas City moved on to the next guy on their board.
DiVeto spent the last six years with the New York Jets under the watchful eye of the Chiefs new Defensive Coordinator, Bob Sutton. He's a hard-nosed defensive end who is a tackling machine. Though he's not a pass rusher his 300-pound frame will be a perfect fit for the Chiefs rotating defensive line.
In other items of note, the Chiefs are still in the running for veteran cornerback, Sean Smith. The Miami Dolphins reportedly has four offers on the table from the Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Bucs and the Chiefs. A week ago Kansas City appeared to be the front-runner. And even though the Chiefs signed Dunta Robinson on Friday, Kansas City views him as depth and not a starter.
There were also rumblings that the Chiefs might make a move for Detroit Lions defensive end/linebacker Cliff Avril. He's the best pass rusher available in this years free agent class. But Kansas City will have to outbid the Tampa Bay Bucs, Indianapolis Colts and the Lions, who hope to retain his services.
At some point in free agency the Chiefs would like to add a back-up running back, a wide receiver, inside linebacker and a safety.
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