And if that wasn't a hard enough pill for Chiefs fans to swallow, the Broncos may be on the verge of landing the best free agent pass rusher on the market, DeMarcus Ware.
In Kansas City, the Chiefs lost five starters including three on it's offensive line, it's best return man / wide receiver last season and it's starting defensive end. In exchange for those defections, the team managed to re-sign back-up safety, Hussain Abdullah.
Though I applaud the Hussain move, because I think the Chiefs may pull the plug on Safety, Eric Berry at some point this season or next, the Broncos are clearly in the AFC West Drivers seat.
As I pointed out yesterday, I'm not all that upset about the players that defected from Kansas City on Tuesday but the fact the team, cap strapped at the moment, wasn't more creative irks me a bit.
Case in point the New Orleans Saints entered the Free Agency circus this past weekend with less than $1 million in cap space but they managed to sign all world Safety, Jarius Byrd, to a mega rich contract on Tuesday evening.
The Broncos aren't stopping with the aforementioned players either. They are currently linked to a pair of mid range linebackers, Jon Beason and Daryl Smith. Both would be impressive upgrades, and should they be signed, suddenly the Broncos have the best defensive unit in the AFC West.
The Kansas City Chiefs had hoped to make some improvements at the onset of free agency on defense but that hasn't been the case. Based on what Denver has done so far, they are under some pressure today to upgrade their own leaky defense in free agency.
A year ago the Broncos upgraded their offense by signing Wes Welker away from the Patriots and it's clear they're convinced they can make one more run with Quarterback, Peyton Manning in charge of the offense.
The Chiefs should have been just as convinced that some key upgrades would enable the franchise to wash the stench away of their embarrassing playoff lost in January to the Indianapolis Colts.
Though we're still under the 24-hour mark in free agency (and more veteran roster bonus babies will hit the open market after 3:00 central time today) it's clear the Broncos remain the class of the division. Even though they overpaid for the oft injured Talib and the under-sized Ward; they've clearly set the tone within the division.
Thus if Kansas City wants to make some noise in free agency they better start soon. Adding veteran linebacker, Joe Mays and wide receiver, Jason Avant, might be in the cards on Wednesday but (on paper) they'll need some bigger names to compete with Denver in 2014.
If not, it's a long two months until the NFL Draft begins.
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