1. QB Brady Quinn (Broncos) -
After stopping by the New York Jets
facility on Friday for a quick chat, the former Cleveland Browns
and Denver Broncos
Quarterback, will arrive in Kansas City on Saturday to catch up with his old head coach, Romeo Crennel
As we first told you on Friday, Quinn's name began to surface as a possible destination with the Chiefs once the organization let back-upquarterback Kyle Orton
sign with Dallas. Though the Chiefs wanted to retain Orton, they were unwilling to match the contract offer set forth by the Dallas Cowboys
But Quinn is an interesting option for the Chiefs. Last season in Denver, he was Tim Tebow's understudy. But he's been a starter in this league and he has some game. I've always been a big fan of his abilities and he would make a perfect fit for the Chiefs as a back-up and someone that can compete with Matt Cassel
for the starting job in Kansas City.
And in a strange twist of irony, Quinn has spent the better part of the last week working out at the University of Kansas with his old quarterback coach and head coach from Notre Dame
, Ron Pawlus and the infamous Charlie Weis
2. RT Eric Winston (Texans) -
At some point this deal will get done between the Chiefs and Winston's agent. The problem, as we've been told, is that Winston wants a pile of cash. Can't say I blame him because this might be the best contract he ever gets as an NFL player.
But is he worth Guard money? And that's the question Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli
has to answer at some point over the weekend. But before you get out that Pioli won't spend the bucks mantra, think again.
As Pioli was negotiating a deal for Winston, he was also in talks with representatives for Packers center, Scott Wells
. And before Wells inked his deal with the St. Louis Rams
, per our sources, Pioli offered his camp a package that included nearly $2 million more in guarantees. But Wells spurned that offer, to sign with the Rams.
And that's the dilemma facing Pioli Saturday morning, he's going to have to probably step up the guarantees to land Winston, who suddenly has very few options left on the open market. With the Rams and Dolphins at their cap limit and his flirtation with the Detroit Lions to drive up the price for Kansas City, it still appears the Chiefs have the best shot to sign Winston over the weekend.
3. NT Aubrayo Franklin (49ers) -
He is expected to arrive in Kansas City at some point over the weekend. As we first told you on Friday, the Chiefs really want him to anchor the center of their defensive line.
Per our sources, Crennel has personally spoke with Franklin and made it clear of his importance to the Chiefs. And since Franklin, to our knowledge, doesn't have any other visits planned, I would not be shocked if gets a deal done with Kansas City.
4. DE Kamerion Wimbley
(Oakland) - - After being cut by the Oakland Raiders
on Friday, the free agent market just got a bit more exciting as the second best pass rusher behind, Mario Williams
, suddenly became available. And that enthusiasm could spill into Kansas City. Per an NFL Source, the Chiefs hope to entertain Wilmbley on Monday.
The former Raider and Brown defensive standout could provide the Chiefs with another dominating pass rusher. They already have one in Tamba Hali
. And one would think Crennel, who drafted Wimbley when he was the head coach of the Browns, could convince his former first round draft pick, that Kansas City is the perfect place for him to continue his rising NFL career.
And with his addition, it's quite likely the Chiefs could part ways with 2009 first round pick, Tyson Jackson
. In fact, the money the Chiefs would save by cutting him - nearly $8 million - could go right into the pocket of Wimbley.
If Wimbley does sign, he'd join two other Raiders that have signed with Kansas City since free agency began, tight end Kevin Boss
and cornerback Stanford Routt. And that's a hat trick every Chiefs fan would celebrate.
5. LT Marcus McNeill (Chargers) -
He's scheduled to visit the Chiefs on Monday. Though we've heard of the Chiefs rising interest in McNeill this past week, we believe that based on the Chiefs decision to flirt with multiple offensive linemen since free agency began, it appears that the team feels that if the former Charger is healthy, he'd make a great fit for the Chiefs restructuring offensive line.
We've heard that the Chiefs want to re-shape their entire offensive line. And by adding McNeill, he could play left tackle or right tackle - should the Chiefs be unable to land Winston.
There is no question, if healthy, McNeill can be a dominating left tackle. But at this point, that's still a big if until he passes a physical.
6. G Vernon Carey (Miami) -
We've heard his name associated with the Chiefs for nearly four days now. And we've also been told, that the Chiefs would like to get him in for a visit at some point this weekend or early next week.
Carey has a big fan in Chiefs offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll
. And the Chiefs must address their offensive line sooner rather than later, before the market gets too thin. Should the Chiefs strike a deal with Carey, he quite likely would replace Ryan Lilja
7. DT Luis Castillo (Chargers) -
He has two contract offers in hand. One from the Chiefs and the other from Denver. If Kansas City can land Castillo and Wimbley, suddenly their defensive line becomes a force, provided they also can sign Franklin to play nose tackle.
We've been told that Castillo could make a decision by early next week as to which team he'd like to play for in 2012.
8. WR Jerricho Cotchery (Jets) -
Per a Twitter report, the former New York Jets wide receiver will be in Kansas on Monday or Tuesday. This would be a curious move for the Chiefs who are pretty well stocked at wide receiver.
Though Cotchery has some receiving skills, I'm not sure how he fits into the Chiefs plans for 2012. Then again, his potential signing, could indicate the Chiefs might make another move with one of their current receivers via trade to add picks in April's NFL Draft.
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As day four of NFL Free Agency ended, Chiefs fans didn't get the results they wanted. But the weekend ahead could provide better results for the organization as they set up a few more visits with free agents on both sides of the ball.
With now new signings on Friday, the Chiefs have plans to bring in a Bronco and a Raider. i