KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Here is a breakdown of the first week of free agency for the Kansas City Chiefs:
Most significant signing: The Chiefs will plug Bennie Logan into their defensive line as the likely replacement for longtime nose tackle Dontari Poe. The Chiefs need Logan to be a solid run-defender in the middle of their defensive line on first and second downs. Poe also played on most passing downs, but the Chiefs won’t necessarily use Logan in that role. In Chris Jones and Allen Bailey, the Chiefs have a couple of middle pass-rushers with whom they’re comfortable. Logan had 5.5 sacks in his four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, including 2.5 last season.
Most significant loss: Poe isn’t technically gone because he is still unsigned and a free agent. But between Logan’s signing and a tight salary cap, a return to the Chiefs looks unlikely. Poe was a constant presence in his five years with the Chiefs, even if he didn’t play as well the past couple of seasons as he did in his Pro Bowl years in 2013 and 2014. He missed just two games during his time with the Chiefs because of injuries. When he was available, he was almost always in the lineup, sometimes even on offense. That burden shifts to other players, but in Logan, Jones, Bailey and Jaye Howard, the Chiefs have a lot of experience on their defensive line.
Player they should have signed: His return to the Chiefs was impractical, given their limited salary-cap space and other needs. But the Chiefs would have done well to either exercise their option on the final year of backup quarterback Nick Foles' contract or re-sign him to a friendlier deal. They did neither, he became a free agent, and he eventually signed with the Eagles. The Chiefs are looking at the possibility of going into next season without an experienced backup to starting quarterback Alex Smith. The No. 2 QB could be Tyler Bray, who has never taken a snap in a regular-season game, or someone they draft.
What’s next: The Chiefs could use an experienced inside linebacker, and a player such as former 49ers starter Gerald Hodges could be of help. Another interesting possibility is quarterback Chase Daniel, who was recently released by the Eagles. The Chiefs would need to create some cap room in order to sign Daniel. He might not be interested in a return to the Chiefs, where he was Smith’s backup from 2013-'15. Daniel has indicated he would like the chance to be a starter, and that won’t happen in Kansas City. But if he’s going to be a backup, Daniel might prefer to play for the Chiefs.
Overall grade: C Given their salary-cap situation, it was unrealistic to think the Chiefs would be active in free agency. In re-signing safeties Eric Berry and Daniel Sorensen and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the Chiefs have been concentrating more on retaining their players than adding help from the outside. That isn't a bad strategy because they’ve drafted well the past couple years. Still, the Chiefs were able to fill a hole by signing Logan. They probably aren't finished in free agency, but they most likely they will be shopping for bargains and acquiring players who will fill a role more than they will have a big impact.