The Chiefs added their second draft pick to the active roster by signing fifth-round pick Colin Brown. The right tackle from Missouri is expected to compete for a starting spot on the Chiefs offensive line. Veteran Damion McIntosh is penciled in as the starter, but the good news for the Chiefs is they have options at the position between Brown, McIntosh and Barry Richardson.
How soon can Brown be ready? An NFL scout informed us that he was certainly a reach by the Chiefs, but does fill a need. Fortunately he's not a former left tackle attempting to make the move to right tackle in the NFL. Brown was one of the best right tackles in a tough Big 12 conference. He's talented, nimble, and coachable.
The Chiefs' line is anything but set because the chances of guard Brian Waters showing up in River Falls in five weeks are 50/50. Our spies contend he'll likely be in Wisconsin, but the Chiefs will listen to offers. If they can get something that makes sense for 2010, they'll make a deal and plug in veteran Wade Smith.
What Can The Other Brown Do for KC?
A few weeks ago the Chiefs brought in former Chicago Bears safety Mike Brown for a physical before the mandatory Mini-Camp and were prepared to make him an offer. He was set to talk turkey with the Chiefs when the Bears called and said, "Oops, we're sorry, we love you after all."
He went back to Chicago, who ended up not signing him, and then went on to Cleveland who also passed. The fact he signed with the Chiefs means only one thing - they believe he can still play.
Brown has history with Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley, who was on Chicago's coaching staff when the safety made his mark in the NFL. I was told the Chiefs called Brown within minutes of his release, so there was mutual interest from the start.
Where does he fit? Bernard Pollard might be the odd man out. The Chiefs invested some money in veteran Jon McGraw in the offseason, and are set with Jarrad Page at one starting spot. DaJuan Morgan has the potential to make an impact this year. With Brown signed, it might leave Pollard on the outside looking in.
I like Brown's leadership. He could do for KC's safeties what Zach Thomas has done for the linebackers and that may be why the Chiefs signed him. Adding Brown will only make this defense better. If not from a physical aspect, certainly he can help some of the younger players in the secondary make progress.
With news that current Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dennis Northcutt is on the trading block, the Chiefs should give him a look. He's worth a second-day pick. The receiving crew that Haley and General Manager Scott Pioli have put together so far is underwhelming.
Dwayne Bowe was solid and appears to be a more polished receiver than a year ago, but I'm not sold on veteran Bobby Engram. Mark Bradley can play, but only if he's healthy. This offense needs four wide receivers to be successful and right now they fall short.
In two seasons with the Jaguars Northcutt caught a respectable 88 passes in 29 games for 1,146 yards and six touchdowns. With most of the Anquan Boldin talk dead at the moment (expect that to pick up once training camps open), Northcutt might be the only option for the Chiefs to improve the position before practice begins in River Falls.
Say Goodbye to Peppers?
With defensive end Julius Peppers finally signing his one-year tender with the Carolina Panthers, any dreams of him becoming a Chief appear dead in the water. I believe strongly that Pioli covets Peppers and would trade almost anything at this point to get him in a Chiefs' uniform.
Will that happen? Perhaps - Peppers was hardly happy about signing his tender as he refused to speak to the media. Instead he made a statement through his agent. He claims that the two sides are communicating again but the NFL scuttlebutt is that he still wants out of Carolina. Of course he'd be crazy not to sign a one-year contract that with incentives could pay him $16.7 in base pay and another $1.75 million if the Panthers win playoff games and he makes the Pro Bowl.
The Chiefs still don't have a player who can sack the quarterback on a consistent basis. Eventually that will hurt them. We still don't know if Tamba Hali can make the jump to outside linebacker. There are several question marks on that defense right now, but adding Peppers would eliminate most.
However, it doesn't appear likely at this point.
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