On Wednesday afternoon, when the Denver Broncos signed former New England Patriots Wide Receiver, Wes Welker, the Chiefs needed to send a counter punch message to their division rival.
And as the market began drying up for cornerbacks, the Chiefs were able to ink Smith to a three-year contract that will pair him opposite Pro Bowl Alternate, Brandon Flowers. It also pushes recently acquired free agent Cornerback, Dunta Robinson and Javier Arenas as competent back-ups. Suddenly the Chiefs are two-deep at the cornerback position something they struggled with a year ago.
Now none of this would have been possible had the Chiefs not cut former starting quarterback, Matt Cassel earlier on Thursday. With that task solved, the Chiefs saved nearly $10 million in cap dollars, which allowed them to sign Smith and open the door to the possibilities of signing even more free agents in the coming days.
Though the Chiefs indicated they were done in free agency at their introductory press conference with new starting Quarterback, Alex Smith just yesterday, clearly that wasn't the case.
What is the case in Kansas City is the fact new General Manager, John Dorsey and Head Coach, Andy Reid, are proving to be good recruiters and masters of the salary cap as they rebuild their 2013 roster.
In the first day plus of free agency the Chiefs were busy signing, Cornerback Dunta Robinson, Tight End Anthony Fasano, Defensive End Mike DeVito, QB Chase Daniel, WR Donnie Avery, Offensive Lineman Bryan Mattson and made the trade for Alex Smith official.
And it's quite likely the Chiefs aren't done in their search to add players. With the financial market set in the NFL and the fact free agents are not finding the lucrative contracts they hoped to get after teams maxed out their dollars in the initial hours of free agency, Kansas City can sit back and find even more roster value in the coming days. There will be plenty of players this weekend that will get squeezed out of their roster spots due to salary cap restraints or large roster payouts.
The Chiefs still hope to add a starter along the offensive line, more depth at defensive end, safety, running back and wide receiver. Will they find those bodies before the NFL Draft?
Time will tell. But 48 hours into free agency, everything does appear to be update in Kansas City.
WARPAINT ILLUSTRATED MESSAGE BOARDS:
Will Sean Smith be as productive as %%MATCH_1%% was for the Chiefs?
For all the news, notes and quotes on the Chiefs, visit WarpaintIllustrated.com