The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly come to terms with free agent linebacker Zach Thomas according to ESPN.com. Thomas started 14 of 16 games last season with the Dallas Cowboys and collected 97 tackles.
Thomas is 35 years old and a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, who really made a name for himself with the Dolphins in his first 12 seasons. Earlier this offseason, the Chiefs traded for linebacker Mike Vrabel, a deal that also brought in quarterback Matt Cassel from New England.
The Chiefs have appeared to be leaning towards Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry with the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft, but will this acquistion change the way the Chiefs go in the draft?
They could draft a player at several positioins and instantly upgrade. They could still pick Curry and have him learn under the veterans Thomas and Vrabel. The third option which is always out there, could be trading that pick as well.
If the Chiefs are focused in turning this thing around in one year, they’ll get some backside support from Cassel and select one of three offensive linemen available. Eugene Monroe from UVA, Andres Smith from Alabama, or Jason Smith from Baylor. Perhaps they would consider moving Branden Albert to RT?
The fact they picked up veterans Vrabel and Thomas suggests to me they’ll look elsewhere other than Curry with their pick.
The other wildcard pick that could come from the Chiefs could be Michael Crabtree, the Texas Tech wide receiver. He’s the other big name within the top 6-7 picks. The Chiefs will not take a QB. They don’t appear to need a LB. If they are satisfied with Albert at LT, the next move could be bringing in another weapon opposite Dwayne Bowe to give Cassel some options.