Top Chiefs Free Agent Targets

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With the NFL Combines set to begin on Thursday, the Kansas City Chiefs will be among many teams that will get a first hand look at some of the potential collegiate standouts who could be drafted in May. But the Indy gathering is the place to meet with agents about potential free agents.

With a record number of college athletes hitting the dog and pony show knows as the NFL combines, NFL teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, will get too see first hand some of the best college athletes without pads.

However that's not the only thing Chiefs General Manager, John Dorsey and Head Coach Andy Reid, will try to accomplish through the weekend. With the team intent on clearing cap space, they have some work to do in order to find enough cash to entice some high profile free agents and recruit them to Kansas City.

Per our NFL spies, the Chiefs have cleared about $15 million in cap space to begin the process of clearing some much needed cap space. We're told the Chiefs and Quarterback, Alex Smith, have in place a long-term contract extension that will shorten the 2014 cap hit of $8 million Kansas City was faced with carrying on their books.

Add that potential move with the release of Cornerback, Dunta Robinson, and changing the financial structure of a few veteran contracts they appear to have already completed, the Chiefs are in much better shape heading into March's free agent bonanza.

So who are their top targets?

1. LT Branden Albert (Chiefs) – He wants a long-term deal and there are suitors besides the Chiefs that would like to land the Pro Bowl left tackle. Teams such as the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins could push his bidding price well over the dollars the Chiefs want to pay him in 2014 and beyond. Either way I'd be shocked, despite the report they intend to let him walk into free agency with little resistance, I'd be shocked if the two parties don't at least communicate over the next few days at the NFL Combines. One thing is clear though its not likely Kansas City will place their franchise tag on Albert like they did in 2013.

2. WR Jeremy Maclin (Eagles) – This potential signing appears to be a no-brainer for the Chiefs. It's clear a reunion between Reid and Maclin makes much sense for both parties. But sometimes the obvious doesn't always equate to reality in the NFL. Maclin is just what the doctor ordered for KC's offense. But he is coming off a knee injury, so any team that signs him will have to be careful. Still the fact the Eagles have other moves they need to make, they just might let Maclin move west to another NFL team.

3. C Alex Mack (Browns) – There is no greater position of need this off-season than the center position for the Chiefs. Rodney Hudson was admirable a year ago for KC but he never put four stellar quarters together in any of the Chiefs 17 games in 2013. Mack is the premier center on the market but he may not be available. It's possible Cleveland could place the franchise tag on Mack making him untouchable for the Chiefs.

4. S Jairus Byrd (Bills) – On defense the Chiefs lackluster play at Safety last year ended up being the lynchpin that saw their 9-0 start tumble to 2-6 thereafter. With the Chiefs committing over $13 million to overrated Safety, Eric Berry, they don't have anyone else that can play the position. If the Chiefs cut Berry, or trade him, signing Byrd would be a wise move by KC. That is of course; if a team wants Berry and the Bills don't place the franchise tag on Byrd for the second consecutive season.

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