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The Chiefs are leaking talent and the Broncos are sucking it up, so ... uh-oh?

03/12/2014 10:10 AM

03/12/2014 7:23 PM

We interrupt Kansas City’s best sports week of the year with Pat Bowlen and John Elway turning NFL free agency into their own personal rap video


Aqib Talib gets six years and $57 million, including $26 million guaranteed (the biggest guarantee ever for a cornerback, which the Broncos will soon regret).

Safety T.J. Ward gets four years and $23 million, with $14 million guaranteed (a terrific value, and fills a need).

The Broncos also reportedly signed former Cowboys pass rusher DeMarcus Ware

for three years and $30 million

, which is ridiculous.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, lost guards Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah, defensive end Tyson Jackson (who continues to be on a bit of a Scott Pioli scholarship), Dexter McCluster, and

Branden Albert^.


The Chiefs did re-sign Hussain Abdullah, which isn’t going to get much attention, but what Terez said here and here is absolutely true: he was terrific in the playoff game, and is in good position to make a big impact.

So, expected or not, the Chiefs got way worse while their division rival got way better.

There’s a lot to digest here, much of it in

this column

from a few weeks ago about how last offseason’s successes meant obstacles and urgency for this offseason for John Dorsey and Andy Reid. Those obstacles are even more daunting if the Chiefs aren’t able to restructure some contracts (Berry, Hali, Flowers, Bowe, etc.).

They were very aggressive a year ago, which was needed, but also sacrificed the ability to be aggressive now.

The good news for the Chiefs, I guess, is that NFL teams are rarely built through free agency. Nobody knows that better than Reid, whose departure from Philly came after the "Dream Team" gambles with Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Jason Babin.

But the Chiefs are staring up at a monster right now, with a roster that began the offseason with more needs than an 11-win team should have and has only added to the list now.

It’s far too early to be panicking, but what looked like an 8-8 team entering the offseason now has a longer climb.


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