Henderson and Thomas a No Brainer

In last week's draft, the Chiefs addressed some of their needs, none of which were nose tackle or linebacker. With the release of Adalius Thomas from New England and big John Henderson of Jacksonville on Monday, the Chiefs have a great opportunity to bolster their defense by signing both.

The Chiefs are in desperate need of some experience on their defensive line. After a season of giving up more than 6200 total yards, adding a pro bowl defensive tackle could be what pushes the chiefs over the hump. Although the mountainous Henderson seems to be a perfect fit at nose tackle it's possible he could switch to D-end in Romeo Crennel's 3-4 system.

The Chiefs could use help at either position despite the fact they still have high hopes for Glenn Dorsey and Alex Magee. Without any proven D-lineman though, signing Henderson is definitely a priority. The Chiefs obviously feel the same way after scheduling a meeting with Henderson for Tuesday. They may have to fight for his services though.

The Giants, Falcons and Browns have all been rumored to be interested in the 6-foot-7, 335lb. Henderson. Either way, the Chiefs have the first crack at the 31 year old free agent. If the Chiefs feel he is the right fit it is unlikely he will leave town without a contract. With so many questions on that D-line, let's hope he doesn't get away.

Adalius Thomas on the other hand is a bit more of a complicated story. Scott Pioli brought in Thomas from the Baltimore Ravens in 2007 where he was mostly a disappointment during his three years there. Although Thomas had some difficulty transitioning to the 3-4 defense in New England it seems Pioli, at least at one point, thought he could make the transition. It is unclear whether or not he still feels this way but it may be inconsequential.


Do the Chiefs have a shot at Adalius Thomas?
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After having a decent first year with 78 total tackles in New England, Thomas descended significantly the following two years falling down to 34 tackles both seasons. Thomas also had some quarrels with head coach Bill Belichick and was openly frustrated with his role on the team. This does not seem to fit with the player with good character archetype Pioli and Haley have been targeting so far this off season.

Despite the risk, if Thomas's play is even just ok, it is still a whole sight better than going into another season hoping Jovan Belcher or Andy Studebaker can make their ascension into a starting linebacker.

The Chiefs have three possible positions to fill and could address two this week with proven talent. Neither Henderson nor Thomas will come on the cheap but after multiple seasons of doing very little in free agency, and the lack of a new collective bargaining agreement, they definitely have the cap space to make some moves.

Both players are aging veterans and come with a certain amount of risk. Their addition to the 2010 Chiefs roster however could not only give some of the younger players some time to mature but also give them a legitimate reason to expect to compete for an AFC west championship.

First up for Kansas City will be Henderson who should arrive in the Chiefs Kingdom at some point on Tuesday.

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