Five Reasons To Give Turley Another Shot

Most Chiefs fans, and NFL fans in general, were probably surprised to hear about Kyle Turley's workout with Kansas City this week. After being released by the Chiefs and the Rams in recent years due to nagging back injuries, it looked like the end for Turley.

With his weight back up to standard levels for NFL offensive tackles, undoubtedly some team in need of offensive line help will sign Turley in the coming weeks. This year, fortunately the Chiefs aren't as desperate as they were after Willie Roaf retired, but I think they ought to give him another chance in the red and gold.

1. Turley's desire.

You can never have enough players on your team like Kyle Turley. It would have been simple for him to give up the NFL dream after the Rams dumped him, but he didn't. When he retires, Turley's monthly pension will increase for every NFL season he completes, but I hardly think that's his primary motivation – and a player only needs play three seasons to be eligible for that pension, anyway.

Turley's a self-driven, passionate player. In today's NFL, that can be a difficult thing to find.

2. KC's OT Depth

The Chiefs improved their offensive tackle situation this offseason by signing Damion McIntosh and moving Chris Terry into a starting role, but they are still woefully thin. Tre Stallings, Herb Taylor, George Batiste, Will Svitek, James Newby, Ramiro Pruneda and Kevin Sampson round out the depth chart. Of those seven, only Svitek and Sampson provide decent depth, and Sampson is injury prone.

Signing Turley would solidify the Chiefs' depth at right tackle, and in a pinch he could probably suit up at left tackle, too. In seven starts last year Turley allowed just 2.5 sacks and was not flagged for holding. That's quality depth.

3. Turley's weight

Turley's biggest problem last season was obviously his weight. He attempted to play offensive tackle in the NFL at around 270 pounds. That's simply a recipe for disaster, and it showed on the field as Turley was extremely vulnerable to the bull rush, even from lighter defensive ends. With his weight up to 302 pounds (near his ideal playing weight four seasons ago), clearly that weakness won't be such an issue.

4. Tight-end depth.

I was almost disappointed to hear Turley had bulked up. At 270, he would have made an ideal blocking tight end for the Chiefs, especially with Jason Dunn's future up in the air. As a blocking tight end Turley obviously wouldn't be asked to play many snaps either, which would protect his injury-prone back.

I'm guessing he could still play some tight at his current weight, and we saw how badly the Chiefs missed Dunn in the Indianapolis playoff game a year ago. The only issue with his is Turley can probably make more money as an offensive tackle, so the Chiefs may not be able to get away with offering him blocking tight end money.

5. Experience in the offense

Consider this the P.S. to #2. With the playing time Turley received last year, he's well-versed in Mike Solari's offense. Should Chris Terry or Damion McIntosh suffer injury, Turley's got the veteran pedigree and knowledge of KC's system that will be needed to keep things running smoothly for Brodie Croyle and Larry Johnson. None of the other offensive tackles, save perhaps Kevin Sampson, bring that to the table.


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