The Kansas City Chiefs have to exercise caution when going after free agent defensive backs (see Stanford Routt, 2012). They have a decent slate of DBs on the roster, but with one of the league’s worst pass defenses, they definitely need to explore their options at this position.
The Chiefs current Defensive Backs:
- Brandon Flowers
- Travis Daniels
- Javier Arenas
- Eric Berry
- Jalil Brown
- Kendrick Lewis
- Neiko Thorpe
- Tysyn Hartman
- Abram Elam
While Flowers, Berry, and Arenas are starting caliber, the rest are questionable. Lewis has potential, but hasn’t blossomed like many thought he would. So if Andy Reid is hoping to improve the Chiefs secondary this year, who should he look at in free agency?
Atlanta CB Brent Grimes is probably the pick of the this year’s free agent crop. He was franchised last year, but because of a September achilles injury that ended his season. As a result of the injury, he might not get the money he wants from the Falcons and could wind up testing the market.
Aqib Talib from New England is one of the best DB’s in the league. His off field antics make any General Manager question whether or not he is worth the trouble.
Another Atlanta DB, William Moore has become a premier safety in the league. The Atlanta defense is also the best in the league for defensive quarterback rating. Some suggest that Atlanta can’t possibly pay both Moore and Grimes, and at least one of them could end up walking. He would be an excellent pickup for the Chiefs, and as a former Missouri Tiger, he has local ties.
It’s possible that Lewis, Daniels, or Brown could end up being a top DB in this league, but the jury is still out. If Kansas City wants to contend in the next year, they’ll need to take an experienced DB to shore up the defense.