But with one swift click of the pen and some give and take, the Chiefs could make a run for former Miami Dolphins Linebacker, Karlos Dansby.
Though he's 31 years young, he and former Chicago Bears linebacker, Brian Urlacher, appear to be the top free agents left at inside linebacker. But of the two, Dansby is younger and is a much better fit for KC's new defense.
Since the onset of free agency the Chiefs have shown interest in signing Dansby. But with his contract demands a too high, to date he remains an unemployed free agent. Though he's drawn interest from the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City, his desire for a multi-year contract, has kept him from moving to a new NFL City this Spring.
The Chiefs off-season plan was to build a roster that was based on a two-deep system. Meaning, before they drafted a single player, they wanted a solid starter and a solid back-up for every position on their roster.
That's why they've cornered the market signing journeymen linebackers and defensive lineman. But to better their roster, they need to sign Dansby if they want to follow through with that two-deep off-season plan.
Dansby is a unique, somewhat enigmatic, but nonetheless a very talented player. He's very confident in his abilities, has a chip on his shoulder after being cut by the Dolphins, and he realizes at this age - his time in the NFL is running out.
But his desire to holdout for a 3-5 year contract seriously limits the potential number of teams he can play for in 2013 or 2014. And with cap space among the 32 NFL heading into the NFL Draft pretty scarce at the moment, the best he can hope for is a heavily loaded incentive laden one or two-year contract.
For the Chiefs though, he's worth the risk and offering Dansby a multi-year contract, makes some sense for a team that needs more playmakers in their front seven. If not, the Plan B for Kansas City could be to sign former Steelers linebacker, James Harrison.
Either way the Chiefs are on the hunt for a veteran inside linebacker and their options are seriously limited. And with no second round pick (at least not yet), it's unlikely they'll snag an inside linebacker in the early phases of next weeks NFL Draft.
That means, if they want to shore up their linebacker group, Dansby appears to be the teams best option heading into the NFL Draft.
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