Today’s KC Chiefs news is focused on the addition of free agent safety Stevie Brown. Will he provide the help the Chiefs need?
The KC Chiefs safety position was looking pretty thin until a couple days ago. The departures of Tyvon Branch and Husain Abdullah left the Chiefs with Eric Berry as their only real solid option at the position.
It appeared they would try to turn Jemell Fleming into a converted safety, but that was still to be determined. They also could have looked to the draft for their next safety as the class is relatively deep.
Instead, they turned to free agent acquisitions Jimmy Wilson and Stevie Brown.
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Wilson had played all over the defensive backfield when he was with Miami from 2011-2014, but played safety full-time for the Chargers last season. He did have a pick and totaled 29 tackles, but also played for a very bad Chargers team.
Stevie Brown is the more interesting pick up between the two. Unlike Wilson, Brown wasn’t even in the league last season. He also missed all of the 2013 season with an ACL injury and didn’t return to form in 2014.
He does show a lot of upside and has big play potential. He intercepted eight passes during his 2012 campaign to go along with 56 total tackles at the safety position.
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While he could turn out to be a bust, the risk is relatively low. The Chiefs have been successful at rejuvenating safeties in recent history in the likes of Abdullah and Branch and they could look to to the same with Brown.
The Chiefs are likely going to have to find some bargains out there and Brown is a good bet to bounce back. He is only 28 years of age which is in no way old for a safety (I’m looking at you Charles Woodson).
If he can return to his 2012 form, which will be no easy task, he could be a serious play maker for the KC Chiefs. Throw Eric Berry and Marcus Peters into that mix and there is a pretty decent trifecta of mid-field defenders.
So what do you think KC Chiefs fans? Is he worth the risk? Do you think he’ll find a way to return to 2012 form? Is he going to be another successful reclamation project for the Chiefs? Let me know your thoughts in the comments’ section below.