New Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll knows Hillis very well and that was the primary reason that he was able to get him in for a visit. But the question at hand for the Chiefs is what to do with Hillis.
Earlier in the day the Chiefs lost last years starting fullback, LeRon McClain to division rival, San Diego. And with news that Chargers running back Mike Tolbert will visit the Chiefs on Thursday, it'll be interesting to see if Hillis moves to Fullback. Either way at $3 million for one season - Hillis is a good buy for the Chiefs at this stage of free agency.
2. TE Kevin Boss (Oakland) - Last year the Raiders tight end, Kevin Boss was undervalued. When he was let go by Oakland in a cost cutting move the Chiefs were very quick to jump in and get him a visit.
After the Chiefs had a brief flirtation Seattle Seahawks Tight End John Carlson, Kansas City took the next guy on their list. Carlson had a cup of coffee at the airport and changed his mind and headed from KCI to Minneapolis to sign a 5-year, $25 million contract with the Vikings.
And that could be to the Chiefs fortunes. Boss is a better all around tight end and in four years in New York with the Giants, he forced the organization to move out tight end Jeremy Shockey before he became an unrestricted free agent.
If healthy, Boss would make the perfect 1-2 punch alongside Chiefs tight end, Tony Moeaki. He'll visit the Chiefs on Thursday.
3. RT Eric Winston - After some tense negotiations in Miami, the former Houston Texans standout left the Dolphins complex without a contract. Per the Miami Herald, he'll visit the Chiefs on Thursday morning.
The Chiefs are desperate to fill some voids along their offensive line. And adding Winston, arguably the best right tackle on the market, would be a huge upgrade to last years starter, Barry Richardson.
The problem is that the St. Louis Rams also have an interest in Winston. So that means the Chiefs are going to have to up the ante and do what it takes to get the deal done on Thursday when the former Texan makes his official visit in Kansas City.
4. RB Mike Tolbert (San Diego) - Even with the addition of Peyton Hillis on Wednesday evening, the former Chargers running back plans to visit Kansas City on Thursday. The decision to bring him to Kansas City makes sense for the Chiefs.
As I mentioned, they could move Hillis to fullback and make Tolbert the primary back-up to Charles. Either way for the organization to have three backs that can carry the ball is something that could serve this team well in 2012.
The good news is that Tolbert wants to play for the Chiefs and with McClain in San Diego, this appears to be his best fit long term.
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Which of these three free agents makes the most sense for the Chiefs?
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