- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Following one of the biggest offseason days in franchise history, I was able to catch up with new Kansas City general manager John Dorsey.
Monday, the Chiefs took care of three high-priority free agents as they signed receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to long-term deals and they franchised left tackle Branden Albert. Last week, they agreed to trade for quarterback Alex Smith and Tuesday they restructured a deal with defensive end Tyson Jackson, which saves the team several million in salary cap room. Because neither the Smith trade nor the Jackson deal is official, Dorsey declined to discuss them.
But he had plenty to say about securing the three top free agents. Dorsey said it is his attempt to stock new coach Andy Reid with the best possible talent, starting with in-house talent.
“These are the things winning organizations do,” Dorsey said. “If players play at a high level, you need to do everything possible to keep them with the organization. That is our core belief.”
With all of these moves in the books, Dorsey said the team will now “re-assess the salary cap” and prepare for free agency. Dorsey said the Chiefs plan to be “selective” in free agency, but is open to adding some players.
Of course, the Chiefs also own the No 1 overall pick in the draft. There had been much speculation that they would take Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel with the pick. Now that Albert is secured for at least a year, there is not an immediate need at the position. Dorsey would only say the Albert move gives the team “options." And yes, one of those options remains trading the pick. Both Dorsey and Reid are on the record that a trade is an option.
“We have one phase done,” Dorsey said. “But we continue to chip away. Everything is possible.”
So far, the new Chiefs’ regime is making progress.
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