Potential 2013 Kansas City Chiefs roster changes
The 2012 season is over for the Kansas City Chiefs, and now we look onto the potential 2013 Kansas City Chiefs roster changes. The Chiefs will potentially have 20 players saying goodbye this offseason, and that doesn’t include the players new Head Coach Andy Reid decides to cut, trade or sign this offseason. The first player every Chiefs fan is tired of hearing about becoming a free agent is Dwayne Bowe. I’ll just make this fast. Bowe has stated that he is more interested to coming back to the Chiefs, because of Reid’s hire, but the Chiefs already have a possession receiver in Jon Baldwin. Reid is going to be running the West Coast offense, and Reid likes speedy receivers.
Bowe isn’t as speedy as he used to be, and unless he takes Jason Avant type money. Bowe isn’t coming back to Kansas City, but it would be interesting if the Chiefs kept him. Next up is Glenn Dorsey and he’s gone. His better days were on LSU highlight tapes, and he isn’t going to live up to the hype. Peyton Hillis is interesting, but not because of his downward spiral of a career. Reid has been known to like power backs in some of his offenses as a tandem. However Reid probably, already made up his mind on Hillis at this point.
Then Brandon Albert becomes a free agent in 2013, and I have a feeling that Reid will re-sign him. I’m curious to see if Juan Castillo takes the offensive line job, because Castillo has a knack for the position. Don’t be surprised if Reid brings in King Dunlap and Jake Scott during the offseason as well, to help the offensive line. Then the most of the tight ends, except Tony Moeaki enter free agency, and I’d be surprised to see any of them return. Reid likes athletic pass catching tight ends, and that means a resurgence for Moeaki in 2013.
The defensive line players in Ropati Pitoitua and Shaun Smith will not return, unless Reid wants to convert them to the 4-3. The 4-3 base defense should breathe new life into Dontari Poe though, and new linebackers are coming to replace the 3-4 inside linebackers. Tamba Hali will be back to putting his hand in the ground, but that makes the defensive line no longer a question mark. The linebackers will have to be addressed, but the secondary and defensive line look better in the 4-3 defense. Don’t be surprised if Reid lures Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Chiefs either.
It’s important to know that the new Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles will release Reid players too. That means the Chiefs will begin to look more like the Eagles, than the Chiefs for a period of time, but soon the two with merge. You won’t even notice the difference after a couple of seasons. The major developments and question marks are on defense. The linebackers will be gutted, unless they can seamlessly convert and the defensive line will look better in the 4-3. Bottom-line, the Chiefs may actually be able to turn it around in 2013 if they make the right decisions.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.