As we approach closer and closer to free agency, many Kansas City Chiefs fans are wondering how their team is going to handle the safety position moving forward.
With Kendrick Lewis not under contract come April, it’s believed the Chiefs are ready to move on and explore other options. Some speculate they’ll address the issue through free agency with names like Jairus Byrd or possibly Troy Polamalu. Others feel they need to fill the spot via the draft with players like HaHa Clinton-Dix of Alabama, or Louisville slugger, Calvin Pryor. But what if the answer to the Chiefs question is on their roster already with last years 5th round pick, Sanders Commings.
The 6 foot, 223 pound safety from Georgia, primarily played corner in college. He made the move to safety for the NFL- though he did play two games at corner for the Chiefs last year- and will likely be competing for a starting spot in the deep secondary this summer. Commings has good range and can cover sideline to sideline, but the questions that surrounded him were whether or not he’s a good enough tackler and if he has good enough ball skills to play safety in the NFL.
The Chiefs obviously felt good about how he was progressing last season, as they placed the re-activating IR tag on him after he broke his collar bone in training camp. Commings is certainly athletic enough to play single high safety for the Chiefs, but should they put all their eggs in that basket?
There is also still a possibility that the Chiefs keep either Husain Abdullah or Quitnen Demps, use one of them as depth, and let Commings take over the starting roll. While I think most would rather see the Chiefs fully upgrade through free agency or the draft, it’s still an interesting possibility that needs to be explored.
Though we only have a small sample size of Sanders Commings and what he’s capable of, how would you feel if the Chiefs went through the off-season with Commings in mind to be the starter? Sound off below, I’m interested to hear your guys thoughts.