The NFL free-agency period is officially underway, and the Chiefs have not necessarily made a huge splash in the beginning stages. That shouldn’t be too upsetting because they just won the Super Bowl with the guys they have currently, so they shouldn’t need to upgrade too many positions. However, some of those players from last year are not coming back. Kendall Fuller signed a four-year, $44 million contract to go back to the Redskins, Emmanuel Ogbah signed a new deal with the Dolphins, and Stefen Wisniewski chose to go back to his hometown in Pittsburgh and play for the Steelers. Here are the grades for the Chiefs current free-agent additions.
Chad Henne, QB – Grade: C
The Chiefs started things off by resigning their back-up quarterback. Not the one that led them to a 2-1 record and manned the ship while Patrick Mahomes recovered from a dislocated knee, but they signed Chad Henne. Henne was hurt all last season. I do think that Henne can be a suitable backup and could’ve possibly had the same success as Matt Moore, but it is hard to see Moore leave this team when he was such a pivotal piece to them getting the number two seed in the playoffs.
Antonio Hamilton, CB – Grade: C+
Antonio Hamilton came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina State. He signed with the Oakland Raiders after the 2016 NFL Draft. Last season, Hamilton played primarily a reserve role with the Giants but appeared in all 16 games. The 27-year-old plays CB but is highly regarded as a special team’s ace. While it is never a bad idea to have good players on special teams, his lack of defensive reps makes it unlikely that he could step in and replace Fuller. At least, not right away.
Mike Remmers, OL – Grade: B
Mike Remmers originally entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos. He has played in 79 career games and started in all but one. He has played for the Carolina Panthers (2014-16), Minnesota Vikings (2017-18), and last season with the Giants. Remmers will actually fill a void left by Wisniewski and can also play tackle. He will add much-needed competition to both the tackle and the interior line positions.
Jordan Ta’amu, QB – Grade: D
Jordan Ta’amu played five games this season for the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL. He led his team to a 3-2 record and finished third in passing yards. He will battle Chad Henne and Kyle Shurmur for the backup spot behind Patrick Mahomes but it seems unlikely that he would make the week one roster.
Mike Pennel, DT – Grade: B+
The Chiefs resigned surprise standout, Mike Pennel. Pennel only played in eight games for the Chiefs last season but in those games, he had 24 tackles and one sack. He started both playoff games against Houston and Tennesee and had seven tackles in and one pass defensed in those games. Pennel coming back gives the Chiefs defensive line a big boost with Chris Jones currently staying on under the franchise tag.
While the early phase of free agency has been somewhat underwhelming for Chiefs fans, I think that we should trust the process that Brett Veach has established. This process brought Kansas City a championship with several moves that were in question and then proven to be the right moves. There should be no reason to question him now.