Kansas City Chiefs: Legal Tampering Begins For NFL Free Agency

Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Chiefs aren’t expected to be active in Free Agency this year. However, the next couple days of “legal tampering” will tell us much more.

At the NFL Combine, it was reported that Kansas City Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey was telling people the team was “out” of Free Agency. Given the team’s salary cap situation, that’s not too hard to believe. However, it could also be a smoke screen for other teams. We will certainly learn more these next few days as “legal tampering” gets underway.

“Legal tampering” refers to a three-day grace period the NFL gives all teams to negotiate with potential free agents ahead of the start of Free Agency. This was supposed to limit the amount of improper contact between teams and players on opposing rosters. Whether or not that has been the actual result is debatable. However, one thing is for sure, the rumor mill runs 24 hours during this period.

For the Kansas City Chiefs, the biggest storyline will likely be which teams reach out to pending free agent Dontari Poe. The Chiefs were unable to come to terms on a contract with their star defensive tackle. Poe is now expected to cash in on the free agent market similar to how Malik Jackson did when he signed with the Jaguars last season.

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However, there are still a number of unresolved contracts that the Chiefs have to consider. That includes Cairo Santos, Daniel Sorensen, and Albert Wilson. There has been little to no news about each of those players. So it won’t be out of the realm of possibilities to be seeing rumors about any of them.

As we move forward this offseason, you can track all of the Chiefs Free Agency news and rumors on our Free Agency Tracker. We will be constantly updating you with everything going on with the Kansas City Chiefs as the offseason progresses.

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The Kansas City Chiefs should be fielding a strong roster once again in 2018. There don’t appear to be many significant changes coming to a team that won 12 games in 2017. That’s good news for Chiefs fans, and expectations should be high.