Forget the depth chart this football team doesn’t have enough proven horses to find another starter from within its ranks. Sure they have candidates, but with Stephenson out the first month of the season, Kansas City Chiefs General Manager, John Dorsey, needs to get busy talking to other NFL teams.
As we first reported last week, the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have been in discussions about holdout Guard, Alex Boone. The 49ers want a first or second round pick, while teams like the Chiefs, have only been willing to part with a third day draft choice to land the talented guard.
But once the Stephenson suspension became official, those talks may enter a new phase. If the Chiefs want to insure a reasonable chance at making a post-season birth, they need to get the Boone deal done over the weekend.
If he comes to the Chiefs, he could slide into the left guard position and Jeff Allen could move to right tackle. Now if the Boone deal doesn’t get done, the Chiefs do have some other options. They could put Eric Kush at left guard and move Allen to right tackle or they could put Kush at right tackle and try someone else at right tackle.
If anyone of those scenarios actually takes place, at least the Chiefs would put their five best offensive lineman on the field at the same time. With any luck, they could sustain the Richardson loss for a month.
However, that’s a big ‘what if’ right now for this football team. Though, Jeffrey Linkenbach and J’ Marcus Webb, could play guard and tackle respectively, they are both a cut below Kush.
Still there is one other option. Since the Chiefs have settled on rookie Zach Fulton at right guard, perhaps they will promote fellow sixth round pick, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to left guard. Thus the Chiefs would be starting a pair of rookies and taking their chances, they can learn on the job.
The one person that’s going to suffer the most out of this scenario is Chiefs starting Quarterback, Alex Smith. To date even with Stephenson, his offensive line was marginal at best. Now he has to open the season with five players assigned to protect his pocket that will only have a couple of weeks to get up to speed on the Chiefs offense.
Plus this all but destroys his chance to add value to his contract demands. If he struggles, because the men up front let him down, his value to the Chiefs is reduced. That means he’s at the mercy of that line. That’s not a winning proposition for Smith.
Still regardless of which poison pill the Chiefs ultimately decide to fix their offensive line, this definitely throws a wrinkle into their plans to get off to a hot start in the month of September.
When it’s all said and done their best option might be to send a 2015 third round pick to the 49ers for Boone, extend his deal and stop the bleeding along the offensive line.
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