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2012 Offseason Update: Manning Hits Market, Chiefs Active

Chiefs fans everywhere are getting excited. We have every right to be. Finally, it seems that Scott Pioli is improving the team that he neglected last offseason.

Already, Pioli signed former Oakland Raider Stanford Routt, a defensive back to fill a void in the secondary that was realized in 2011. The Chiefs had little depth in the defensive backfield and adding Routt will give the Chiefs great depth, as long as Pioli makes it a point to re-sign Brandon Carr to a long-term contract. Kansas City also added Jacques Reeves, a former seventh-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2004 who also had a short stint in Houston before a broken leg ended his season in 2009. Reeves played in 88 games over six seasons, starting in 35 of those games. Reeves had 164 tackles, six interceptions, two forced fumbles, and started a full season in 2008 before his injury. The move seems to be a roster filler, but if Reeves can get back to his 2008 form, he will be a valuable asset to the Chiefs secondary. Kansas City also re-signed Zeke Markshausen, a wide receiver who remained on the Chiefs’ practice squad for the duration of the 2011 season.

The biggest move of the 2012 offseason for the Chiefs to date is hitting receiver Dwayne Bowe with the franchise tag to guarantee a spot for him in Kansas City for another year. The Chiefs also notched their first win of 2012, beating out the Seattle Seahawks for the 11th pick in the 2012 draft.

For anyone who doesn’t know (which you should unless you live under a rock in the Sahara Desert), Peyton Manning is no longer an Indianapolis Colt. Why does that concern the Chiefs? Glad you asked! The Chiefs are going to be one of the major players in bringing Manning to their city. Manning would be a perfect fit in Kansas City. As long as the Chiefs can fill the void in the offensive line at right tackle, the Chiefs are a star quarterback away from winning their first playoff game since Joe Montana came to Kansas City after being replaced in San Francisco in 1993. The top organizations looking to bring Manning in as of this morning are The Chiefs, the Denver Broncos, the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks, the New York Jets, the Washington Redskins, and the Miami Dolphins. Out of those seven teams, the only team who might give the Chiefs a run for their money is the Miami Dolphins. Manning has a house in Miami, and former Manning target Reggie Wayne has said he wants to play in Miami with Manning. The Dolphins also have Reggie Bush, Brandon Marshall, and Anthony Fasano to offer, but that pales in comparison to the caliber of talent the Chiefs have available for Manning.

Imagine with me for a moment— Manning to Bowe, Jonathan Baldwin, Steve Breaston, Tony Moeaki, Dexter McCluster, Jamaal Charles, and probably a rookie running back in the likes of Trent Richardson from Alabama or LaMichael James from Oregon. With the 11th ranked Chiefs defense returning most (if not all) of the starters from 2011, making additions, hopefully, at defensive tackle and the moves that have already been made in the secondary, the Chiefs have a playoff caliber, if not a Super Bowl caliber team.

Manning made the Colts the team every other team in the NFL was scared to play. in 2010, the Colts went 10-6 and made the playoffs. Sure it wasn’t the greatest, but it wasn’t terrible. The Colts were virtually the same team in 2011, but won only 2 games without Manning calling the plays. If Manning can give a 2-win team eight more wins, he can give a 7-9 Chiefs team at the VERY LEAST 4 or 5 more wins, making them an 11-5 or 12-4 team with at least a 2nd seed in the playoffs.

Kansas City is ready for Peyton Manning. The Chiefs offer more talent than any other team looking to sign him, have the salary cap room to bring him in and pay him well, and will be able to give him at least one more Super Bowl ring before he retires. I think I speak for most Chiefs fans when I say we would welcome Peyton Manning with open arms.

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