Patrick Surtain Gives the Chiefs Defense an Edge

For almost two months, the eyes of the Kansas City Chiefs nation were fixed squarely on the city of Miami, specifically, three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Surtain. After weeks of speculation, Chiefs President Carl Peterson made the deal to acquire the 5'11", 192 pound defensive back out of Southern Mississippi.

Once the trade was announced, reports began circulating that the Chiefs made Surtain one of the highest paid cornerbacks in the NFL. With reports that the Chiefs signed him to a seven year, $50.8 million dollar contract, Surtain instantly become one of the highest paid members of the Kansas City Chiefs. In exchange for Surtain, the Chiefs sent their second round pick to Miami and the teams swapped fifth round picks.

The 1998 second round pick of the Dolphins, Surtain, along with former Miami defensive mate, Sammy Knight, shores up a Kansas City pass defense that was absolutely torched by receivers the past two seasons.

Surtain has been to the Pro Bowl three straight years. He is a superior player firmly at the top of his game, and barring injury, has 4-5 more years of quality football ahead of him. Surtain brings attitude, toughness and leadership to the Chiefs. He is durable, having missed only two games in his illustrious seven year career.

The word most tossed around in regards to Patrick Surtain is playmaker. He always seems to find himself in position to make a play, evidenced by the fact that he has averaged almost six interceptions the last three seasons. Surtain is the perfect corner for defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham's attacking system. Surtain can play off receivers, he can press and he can hold his coverages long enough for the front seven to make a play at the quarterback. He will also help protect the outside as he's very strong in run support.

With the addition of Surtain this improves the Chiefs entire defense. Safeties can play with greater confidence, linebackers are free to blitz, and the defensive lineman will be allowed a little more time to get after the quarter. When paired with Eric Warfield, it becomes much tougher to throw on the Chiefs and gives them as solid a tandem as there is in the AFC West.

What does all this mean?

It means the demise of the ‘32' defense. With additions of Kendrell Bell, Sammy Knight, Carlos Hall and Surtain, Chiefs fans can cheer once again when the defense steps on the field. It means the Chiefs now have formidable defense, capable of supporting our championship caliber offense. It means that in February, the team lifting the Lombardi Trophy in Detroit at the end of the Super Bowl; could very well be the Kansas City Chiefs. Top Stories