Now we might understand why General Manager Scott Pioli didn't take a defensive tackle in the second and third day of the recently completed NFL Draft. It appears he may have had his eye on Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Tackle John Henderson.
As expected Jacksonville released the 31-year defensive end after they were unable to trade him over the weekend. The only team showing interest for the Henderson, who has only missed eight NFL games in eight seasons, was the New York Giants.
The Chiefs enter the 2010 season with Ron Edwards, last years starter, and recent free agent acquisition, Shaun Smith as the only viable options to play defensive tackle this season. But Henderson is a space-eater and should be very motivated to come to a team that sorely has a strong need for an experienced nose tackle for their evolving 3-4 defensive schemes.
If Henderson's first choice is Kansas City, then it's likely that the Chiefs have already talked potential contract parameters with his agent.
Over the weekend, the Chiefs went for other areas of needs during the three-day NFL Draft. They did that knowing full well that many veterans would be cut this week at the conclusion of the weekend.
However the Chiefs are not without other options. Signing Henderson might be insurance since the Chiefs added former Minnesota Golden Gopher, Garrett Brown, late Saturday night. The undrafted defensive tackle had an excellent career for the Big Ten School and could find himself in the mix when the Chiefs open the season.
In other Chiefs news, it's likely that the Chiefs will also show some modest interest in one of Pioli's former Patriots players. On Monday, New England cut under-achieving linebacker Adalius Thomas.
The 32-year old linebacker, who signed a five-year $37 million contract in 2007, could be reunited with his Super Bowl teammate; Mike Vrabel who came to the Chiefs a year ago in the Matt Cassel deal.
There was a lot of criticism by many in the NFL who felt the Patriots paid too much for Thomas. Almost upon his signing many in the New England media wondered how he'd fit into the Patriots defensive system.
Now 30 months later he's a free agent with a big chip on his shoulder. Maybe he can cash in those chips in Kansas City.
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