<
>

Chiefs' offseason issues: Settle on a starting offensive line

The Kansas City Chiefs will gather Monday for the start of their offseason program, though they won’t be on the field for their first full-squad practice for about a month. Still, the offseason program gives them a chance to at least start to settle several of the issues confronting them.

One of those issues is deciding on a starting offensive line.

The Chiefs haven’t had stability on their offensive line in years. They've lost nine starters over the past three years to free agency and let go of yet another former starter recently when they released guard Ben Grubbs.

General manager John Dorsey sounded recently as if the Chiefs plan to settle on a starting line for 2016 sooner rather than later.

"It's got to be a fist," Dorsey said of the offensive line. "It has to be five working parts bound together as one, and that's what we're trying to achieve here."

The Chiefs look to be set at both tackle spots with Eric Fisher and free-agent addition Mitchell Schwartz and at center with Mitch Morse. They can choose at guard between Zach Fulton, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Paul Fanaika at guard. Fulton and Duvernay-Tardif were at least part-time starters last season while Fanaika is a former starter with the Arizona Cardinals. The Chiefs have some younger, developmental prospects who could force their way into the lineup, and this doesn’t include anyone they might draft.

The Chiefs might look at various times during the offseason at different combinations for their starting line. But unless they are hit by injuries, they’ll have no excuse for not having a starting five set long before the start of the regular season.