1. ILB Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles) - Rumblings suggested on Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs inquired about the Eagles inside linebacker. In fact, I’m told General Manager, John Dorsey offered a 2016 5th rounder that could have been upgrade to a 4th rounder to land a player the Eagles don’t plan on keeping this season.
The deal died when the Eagles demanded a fourth round pick that could elevate to a third rounder from the Chiefs. However, even though the deal didn’t get done, the Chiefs need to keep pushing. Despite drafting a pair of inside linebackers over the weekend, Ramik Wilson and D.J. Alexander, neither has stepped foot on an NFL field.
Despite the fact Kendricks returned to offseason workouts this week in Philly, I’m told by a source in Philadelphia that Head Coach, Chip Kelly, will likely move the veteran at some point before training camp opens.
On Friday night the Chiefs drafted Georgia Wide Receiver, Chris Conley, as a potential starter opposite free agent signee, Jeremy Maclin. Though Kansas City already has a veteran in hand with Jason Avant, Jones would be insurance in case nobody steps up opposite Maclin in training camp.
Jones, who spent most of his career with the Green Bay Packers, certainly would have a leg up in comprehending KC’s offense. So he'd be the most logical receiver option the Chiefs could find for the moment.
3. ILB Brandon Spikes (Buffalo Bills) - In my view, he was the third best free agent linebacker on the market this past spring. For whatever reason, the veteran remains unsigned. I’m told at one point the Chiefs had interest in pursuing his services but the price tag was too high.
Much like my case for Kendricks, the Chiefs suffered without Derrick Johnson in the lineup last season. Granted the unit did its best but with the jury remains out that DJ can return to his Pro Bowl form. In my view, I think Spikes would likely be a better fit for KC’s defense than Kendricks.
The Chiefs can’t open the season thin at inside linebacker. I like James Michael-Johnson and Josh Muaga as back-ups but I’m not sold either can be a productive starter.
4. T La’el Collins (LSU) - I talked about this on Saturday. However, it’s worth noting the Chiefs need to kick the tires again on making a run for Collins. On Monday, he met with Louisiana police and from most media accounts; he’s not a suspect in the murder of his former girlfriend and her newborn child. However, he’s not been official cleared yet as the investigation continues.
With that news, NFL teams have begun the process in trying to sign the talented LSU tackle. Buffalo Bills Head Coach, Rex Ryan, visited Collins Monday night. The Miami Dolphins have also made an inquiry and may visit with him today.
The Chiefs, I’m told, have also done their due diligence to get up to speed on the investigation and would also like a sit down with Collins. If he were to sign in Kansas City, Collins would be an instant upgrade to their offensive line. Collins could start the season at right tackle, and provide insurance in 2016, should Eric Fisher struggle at left tackle this season.
Imagine an offensive line with Fisher, Ben Grubbs, Mitch Morse, John Fanaika and Collins – that would be the best in the AFC West. It would give Quarterback, Alex Smith, more than enough time to survey the field and throw the ball down field with more confidence. It would also plow the road that running back, Jamaal Charles, might make a run for the NFL rushing record.
If the Chiefs want to kick that door down, Kansas City can’t sit back the next month thinking their roster is set. Now is the time to be bold in adding Collins and Spikes to the roster.