There are a few different reasons why a team might not dive deep into free agency. Some teams have cap space issues. Some teams let too many contracts run to expiration and players want out. Some teams are loaded and don’t need to pay big money to fill roster spots. For others, like the Steelers and Packers, it’s a philosophical issue. Those two teams prefer to build through the draft. As a result, they don’t sign many free agents. But today, we want to talk to you about two teams who haven’t done much work this winter, and they have done it for very different reasons.
The Kansas City Chiefs have made the playoffs three of the last four seasons, and HC Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey have done a nice job building around a core of a team that was very good prior to their arrival. A couple years ago, the knock on the Chiefs was their inability to throw to score. Enter Jeremy Maclin, Chris Coney, and Tyreek Hill. Suddenly this team has WR’s and explosive ones at that! They also have a stout defense that can win games for them. Their biggest free agency decision was re-signing S Eric Berry. They let DT Dontari Poe walk, but replaced him with run stuffer Bennie Logan, one of only two FA signings so far, and one that fills their only weakness.
The New York Jets have also been very quiet, but it’s not a good story. They let WR Brandon Marshall go, but Quinton Patton is not a replacement for him! Darrelle Revis had lost a step, so he’s gone, but he was better than what they have. They’ve gone backwards in those situations. Nick Mangold, Breno Giacomini, and Nick Folk are gone. They let Ryan Clady walk. They replaced him with Kelvin Beachum, who, like Clady, has medical issues to work through. They have a coach in Todd Bowles who has to win now, and they don’t even know who their QB is yet! Plus, the salary cap always seems to be an issue for this team.
Both teams have been inactive, but one is in big trouble, while the other is in a position to make a run.Add to My RFN