Reid has learned lesson of free agency

January, 7, 2013
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No NFL team has been more connected to free agency in recent years than the Philadelphia Eagles.

Their massive spending in 2011 and their self-described “Dream Team” will not be forgotten in league circles. However, the man who coached that team made it clear that wild free-agent spending will not be his approach in his new job in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star quoted Andy Reid Monday as saying this: "I don't think you build your team in free agency."

I’m not surprised Reid is taking that approach. The big spending did not help the Eagles, as Philadelphia failed to make the playoffs the past two seasons.

Former Kansas City decision maker, Scott Pioli, was criticized for not spending much in free agency despite being in good salary-cap standing. The Chiefs are expected to be in good salary-cap shape this year as well. But it seems like Reid will keep with the typical Chiefs planning.

Outside free agency and in-house free agency remain two different things. A big part of building a winner is keeping your own players, and I expect Reid to work hard to keep his free agents.

The Chiefs have some key pending free agents in receiver Dwayne Bowe, left tackle Branden Albert and punter Dustin Colquitt. I’d be surprised if the Chiefs didn’t seriously consider bringing all three back.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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