Kansas City Chiefs 2015 Offseason Guide

Season Summary:

Much like the Chargers, the Kansas City Chiefs just missed out on a playoff berth. Alex Smith is one of the better game managers in the NFL, but the Chiefs need to find a few more weapons for him. That starts at wide receiver, where the Chiefs had a whopping zero touchdowns. Kansas City is short on cap space, so they'll need to make some cuts or restructure some contracts.

Updated Jan. 13

Projected Salary Cap Space (via Spotrac):


Team Needs:

1. Wide Receiver: Dwayne Bowe is highly paid, but hasn’t produced much. In fact, the whole receiving corps hasn’t produced. A vertical threat is desperately needed.

2. Offensive guard: Zach Fulton, Mike McGylnn and Jeff Linkenbach played most of the snaps at guard, and they combined for a negative 53 grade on Pro Football Focus. At least one new starter is needed.

3. Center: Rodney Hudson was good last year, but is a free agent.

4. Offensive tackle: Eric Fisher wasn’t great, but he’s still young and developing. Right tackle Ryan Harris is a free agent and was below average, per Pro Football Focus.

5. Middle linebacker: Getting Derrick Johnson back will help shore up the spot, but other starter Josh Mauga is a free agent who struggled last season.

6. Safety: Hopefully Eric Berry can return soon, but the Chiefs should approach the position as if he won’t be back. Ron Parker probably isn’t the ideal starter.

7. Cornerback: Sean Smith is a keeper and Phillip Gaines has potential, but the Chiefs need more options at corner.

8. Outside linebacker: Justin Houston was incredible last season, but is a free agent. The team drafted Dee Ford last year, but he’d be a downgrade. That’s not a knock against Ford; Houston is just one of the best 3-4 OLBs in the NFL.

Potential Cap Casualties:

DE Mike DeVito: potential savings of $4 million

QB Chase Daniel: potential savings of $3.8 million

WR Donnie Avery: potential savings of $3.55 million

WR A.J. Jenkins: potential savings of roughly $1.4 million

*All figures from Spotrac

Free Agents:

RB Joe McKnight

WR Jason Avant

WR Frankie Hammond (ERFA)

WR Junior Hemingway (ERFA)

TE Richard Gordon

TE Demetrius Harris (ERFA)

OT Ryan Harris

OG Jeff Linkenbach

C Rodney Hudson

DT Kevin Vickerson

OLB Justin Houston

OLB Josh Martin (ERFA)

OLB Dezman Moses (RFA)

MLB Josh Mauga

CB Christopher Owens

S Kurt Coleman

S Kelcie McCray (RFA)

S Ron Parker

LS Thomas Gafford

Draft Picks:

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Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Round 7

*Via Pro Sports Transactions


— Signed QB Terrelle Pryor (1-8)

— Signed WR Da'Rick Rogers (1-8)

— Signed OT Derek Sherrod (12-30)


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