The Chiefs enter the free agent race with a ton of cash and even more needs. There is a long list of available players, and KC's wish list includes three impact players.
1. DE Julius Peppers - Per an NFL source who spoke to Warpaint Illustrated directly, the Chiefs are willing to make Peppers an offer. They are hoping to bring him in as early as Friday morning but before that can happen, Peppers' agent will have to determine what price the Chiefs or any team is willing to pay free agency's best pass rusher.
Earlier this week we were told that the Chiefs would only offer Peppers an incentive-laden, two-year contract, but that appears to have changed. Peppers is Kansas City's top target, but he'll field some serious offers at the stroke of midnight so the Chiefs will have to be aggressive. Even so, our source believes the Chiefs have a chance to land Peppers. But they may have to contend with the Washington Redskins, and Daniel Snyder's sizable wallet, for his services. Also don't be surprised if the Chicago Bears make a big midnight push for Peppers.
2. LB Karlos Dansby - With rumors suggesting he's en route to Miami, multiple sources have indicated that's not the case, at least at this hour.
Per our league source, Dansby's camp has interest in Kansas City because of defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and head coach Todd Haley. Per our source, Dansby is aware that Crennel is capable of elevating his level of play and might just turn him into an All-pro.
The problem is that Dansby, even though he may have interest in coming to Kansas City, may just go to the highest bidder. The Chiefs would need to pay him a contract worth somewhere around $50 million in order to land him. The Miami Dolphins seem the most logical choice but are they, or any team, willing to overpay a linebacker who's coming off a year of underachievement? In a few hours, we'll find out.
3. WR Anquan Boldin - There are rumblings that the Chiefs may unload wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and if that happens, the team hopes to replace him with Anquan Boldin. The Cardinals reportedly are telling interested teams that they'd settle for a high second-round pick for their unhappy wide receiver.
Per our source, teams are calling but Boldin wants a new contract. Will the Chiefs give it to him? They can afford it. But can they acquire him from the Cardinals? Why not?
In Other News:
DE Glenn Dorsey - We're hearing he may be moved, for the right price. The Chiefs are hoping to land at least a second-round pick for his services. Dorsey was nearly dealt to the Atlanta Falcons last year and was also rumored to be in a deal with Carolina, that would have sent Peppers to Kansas City before last April's draft. Obviously those deals fell through.
Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for all the free agent news as the market opens…
Chiefs Targeting Three Players
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