Free agent options - defense

Yesterday we previewed some of the options the Chiefs might have on the offensive side of the ball. Today we'll look at the defensive side and see who might fit in Kansas City next Friday when the free agent market opens.

Herm Edwards told Warpaint Illustrated earlier this week that he would not be surprised if the team started a pair of rookie cornerbacks to open the season. That might be a tall order, but this year's NFL draft is filled with a half dozen corners who could do just that. It's optimistic, however, that the Chiefs can land two of them.

How do the Chiefs fill the void? DeAngelo Hall made it public on Friday that he wants to be traded. Hall told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his chances of returning to Atlanta in 2008 are "slim to none" that he'd be with the Falcons in 2008. Does that mean the Chiefs want him?

We've been told Kansas City plans on discussing a trade with the Falcons, but how serious those discussions might be depends on what the Falcons want in return. Now that the Giants reportedly have offered their first-round pick to Atlanta, it appears Hall won't be available much longer.

Other free agent corners:

Drayton Florence (San Diego) - The free agent class at this position is weak when you consider the top young corner, Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha, was franchised on Wednesday. That leaves Florence as one the best on the market.

Dominique Foxworth (Denver) - Foxworth has been unable to crack the starting lineup in Denver, playing behind Dre Bly and Darrent Williams the last two seasons. He might just need a change of scenery to provide him with the opportunity to start, however, not to mention a defensive line that can apply some pressure – something the Broncos have lacked in recent seasons.

CB Asante Samuel (New England) - Jon Scott, Publisher of Patriots Insider, reported that Samuel will go to the highest bidder this offseason. That pretty much rules out the Chiefs.

CB Randall Gay (New England) - Barring a last minute contract agreement, he'll be free to test the waters. Gay is only 25 years old and has grown into a decent cover corner - certainly better than what the Chiefs have now. He's the type of ascending player that Herm Edwards has expressed a desire for this offseason.

NFL Combine Notes:

According to our man on the ground at the NFL Combine, the Chiefs spent time with three Big 12 players Friday:

OL Anthony Collins (Kansas) - At the Missouri/Kansas game earlier this year I spoke with one of the KC's top scouts, who said Collins is NFL ready. In recent weeks his stock has fallen, but that could be fortunate for the Chiefs. He was a first-round lock earlier this offseason, but with the amount of juniors now thrown into mix he'll likely slide to the late second or early third round. The Chiefs have always been high on him, either way.

WR March Henry (Kansas) - Henry stands 6-foot-6 and is reminiscent of another giant NFL receiver – former Eagles great Harold Carmichael. He has good-to-great hands and nice speed, but isn't as physical as he can be. However, he was the best offensive player at the Texas College All-Star game. I think he's a second day guy, maybe 5th or 6th round. He'd give the Chiefs a presence in the slot.

WR Todd Blythe (Iowa State) - Anyone who has watched him play at Iowa State understands he has a nose for the football and is a playmaker. He's also supremely confident, likening his game to that of Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. He's hoping to run a 4.4 tomorrow in the 40-yard dash. Like Henry, I expect him to be a second-day pick.

It's clear the Chiefs, who will likely cut both Eddie Kennison and Samie Parker next week, need to upgrade the receiver position. If the season started today Dwayne Bowe and Jeff Webb would be the starters.

The Chiefs are also very high on Kansas State wide receiver Jordy Nelson, whom they spent considerable time with during the Senior Bowl.

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