Let's face it, despite a playoff appearance and an 11-5 regular season record, the Chiefs are rebuilding in 2014. They're faced with a few aging players at key positions and don't quite have the reinforcements ready for prime time action. They also owe those veterans some big money this season.
So in order to get the most out of the roster like they did a year ago, the Chiefs are going to have to rely on their draft luck in May. However, with no second or seventh round picks, (they do have a pair of six round picks), it makes that scenario less likely.
Trading Berry isn't going to popular but it makes a lot of sense. We've already heard rumblings an NFC team showed interest in obtaining the Chiefs desired compensation for such a move, but we're told those talks have been shelved until May.
Either way, next to running back Jamaal Charles, Berry is the Chiefs most lucrative trade bait in May. Berry is ending the final year of his mega millions contract and to say he's overpaid, has significant truth.
Don't' get me wrong he's a great player, but Berry really doesn't fit the Chiefs new defense. Last year he played strong safety mainly at the line of scrimmage but he can't cover bigger tight ends effectively. He's solid against the run but that's not enough. On the flip side, the Chiefs don't want him at free safety because they fear his lack of discipline in pass coverage will eventually hurt their secondary.
But the same could be said if they trade him as well.
Still no matter which way you flip this coin, Berry with a year left on his rookie contract, could be the odd man out come May. If the Chiefs can get a pair of second round picks, overall they'd become a better team in the long run. They'd also not have to worry about extending his contract beyond this season.
2. WR Dwayne Bowe - Though his off the field issues have yet to be settled in a North Kansas City courtroom, the fact the Chiefs failed miserably to land either, Emmanuel Sanders or DeSean Jackson, let's hope they have a method to their madness at this key position.
Because right now they are rolling the dice Bowe will be cleared and have a bounce back season in 2014. I think it's possible that could very well happen.
However if Bowe's issues lead to an NFL suspension, they'd have to rely on receivers A.J. Jenkins, Junior Hemingway, Donnie Avery (who I think is already on the roster bubble) and Canadian star, Weston Dressler.
I'm a firm believer in Jenkins and Hemingway. If given the chance, they could shine in the Chiefs offense.
We all know Bowe has been a wild card from one year to the next but his off the field incident is worth watching. With that said, it's pretty clear the Chiefs are going to add a wide receiver with their first round pick.
If not, the Chiefs are playing Russian roulette at a position they best be near flawless next season if they have any hopes of competing with the Denver Broncos for division supremacy.
3. QB Alex Smith - Even though we've heard rumblings Smith and the Chiefs have a long-term contract in hand, there's not been a whiff of proof indicating that's the actual case.
I can't see the Chiefs, and Smith for that matter, not extending his contract at some point very soon. He's going to earn a very respectable $8.5 million this season but that's a pittance based on his lengthy career to date.
Smith showed a year ago the Chiefs are in good hands at the position. They also are very high on his potential predecessor, Tyler Bray. However, that doesn't mean they aren't interested in drafting another young quarterback in May.
We've already heard rumblings the Chiefs are very high on Georgia Quarterback, Aaron Murray. If that's the case, perhaps the Chiefs are potentially hesitant in giving Smith a long-term contract.
Still I can't subscribe to the fact they won't give him a new quarterback. However, I can't see any scenario they won't add another young arm for their future. Should that pan out and the rumblings of their interest in Murray; perhaps the Chiefs will part ways with their incumbent back up, Chase Daniel.
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Will Bowe's off the field issues force the Chiefs to draft a young receiver?
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