With all the jubilation going on through out Kansas City, an outsider would have thought Peyton was taking a visit. Though that is not the case, Chiefs fans should be excited to hear the signing of RT, Eric Winston. The former Texan signed a four year, $22 million deal yesterday afternoon. Winston will serve as a major contributor to a highly criticized Kansas City offensive line. He is projected to replace Barry Richardson at RT. Winston has started has started 89 consecutive games while being with Houston. His durability will prove to be vital in protecting Matt Cassel. Coaches in Houston raved about his leadership and blocking skills, and the Chiefs can only hope he brings his production along with his experience. The Chiefs are now ready to take back the title of the best rushing team in the league. They have the power with Winston and Brandon Albert blocking for Peyton Hillis. The other aspect to the rushing attack that was missing last year was the speedy Jamaal Charles.
The Chiefs did not stop there, as moments later they came to terms with Brady Quinn. Pioli boasted of creating a quarterback competition, but many fans believe it will not involve Matt Cassel, but rather Ricky Stanzi for who holds the clipboard. Brady Quinn’s success in the NFL, or lack of, has many fans questioning why the Chiefs went after Quinn. Through training camp and the pre-season, fans will see how big of a competition this will become for the starting quarterback job. The most likely scenario is he creates an average backup for Cassel. Hopefully the Chiefs will continue their proactiveness in free agency and continue to make this team better. These signing set the table for a possible selection in the 2012 NFL draft for 6’4″ 346lbs DT Dontari Poe from Memphis University. While NFl executives have major concerns about Poe’s internal motor, he is viewed as the next Vince Wilfork.
Call it thunder and lightning, bam and boom, or chocolate and vanilla but the chiefs have formed a new running back tandem after signing former Cleveland Browns back Peyton Hillis yesterday. Hillis, who was last years Madden cover boy, signed a one year $3 millon deal after being allowed to test the free agency by the Browns. Though it is only a one year contract, I look for Hillis to add much needed depth at the running back position. It is almost reminiscent of Larry Johnson (pre ego problem) and Priest Holmes.
Even though adding a back up for Jamaal Charles was needed, the Chiefs still have other needs at valuable positions. Needs such as upgrades at the offensive and defensive line and getting better athletes at inside linebacker. The laundry list of needs for the Chiefs is the most frustrating part about being a fan. So we can enjoy the signing of Hillis, but there are still so many more things that needs to be addressed in free agency and the draft. This is just one less issue the Chiefs have to worry about. Expect the Chiefs to make splashes with more free agents but nothing that will blow the fish out of the water. With the cap being in place, the Chiefs will be forced to spend money. It will be interesting to see which positions are filled via draft and free agency.