DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 18: Le'Ron McClain #44 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs with the ball as Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions chases at Ford Field on September 18, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

2012 NFL Free Agents: Kansas City Chiefs Respond To Kyle Orton Questions

The Kansas City Chiefs brought in Le'Ron McClain before last season to see what he could do blocking for All-Pro Jamaal Charles, but without Charles this season, McClain showed us even more.

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2012 NFL Free Agents: Kansas City Chiefs Respond To Kyle Orton Questions

In case you live under a rock, which would make it difficult for you to be reading this story if that was the case. But with modern science anything seems possible. But in case you were for a period of time over the last three weeks of the NFL season. You might not have noticed that Kyle Orton played pretty well for the Kansas City Chiefs down the stretch of the season. He finished 2-1 as a starter, including a win over the then-undefeated Green Bay Packers. He was a blocked field goal away from finishing the season with a perfect 3-0 record and an AFC West championship.

But the season ended and now Kyle Orton is a free agent. He has his choice of any NFL team that offers him a contract and many around Kansas City are hoping to see more of the guy that breathed a little life into an otherwise inept offense that consistently struggled to put points on the board before he took over under center for the Chiefs.

Romeo Crennel spoke with 810 WHB's Kevin Kietzman on Between the Lines last week and he had this to say about Kyle Orton's free agency and possible return to Kansas City.

"Right now I am not able to tell you if Kyle...where Kyle is on that list. I can't tell you whether he is at the top of the list. I am not saying he is at the bottom of the list, but he will be on that list somewhere and then we'll make a decision after we compile the list."

It'd be hard to not think that Crennel has a soft spot for Orton because Crennel's first game as interim head coach of the Chiefs was Orton's first game starting for the Chiefs, a win against the Packers. Crennel has said as much that if Orton hadn't played as well as he did over those last three games, the Chiefs may not have won and he may not have been given the permanent head coaching position.

Orton showed an ability to get the ball down the field to our wide receivers and go through his progressions and check-off's on those final three games last season. He looked comfortable in the pocket and considering his lack of time with those guys in the huddle, it's not a stretch to say that he'd be even better with a little more practice time with those guys. He'll probably wait until after the draft to make a decision on where to play, but here's to hoping that he lands back in Kansas City.

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2012 NFL Offseason: Kansas City Chiefs No. 1 Priority Is Brandon Carr

The Kansas City Chiefs have a few very important decisions to make regarding a few of their current free agents. I already wrote about one of those players in running back/ full back Le'Ron McClain, and that the Chiefs need to re-sign that man, yesterday. But on the defensive side of the ball it all begins and ends with Brandon Carr. T

he problem is that Brandon Carr knows this too and the Chiefs under the watchful eye of Scott Pioli have not been in the business of paying a player more than they feel that they are worth to the team. It's not a bad thing it's just that you won't see any Kansas City Chiefs players signing deals that make them the highest paid player at their respective position in the NFL. Pioli has done a good job so far at locking up the young talent on this team and that included Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali. None of those guys signed record-breaking deals despite entering the 'prime' of their careers. Brandon Carr is looking for his payday and within the new CBA rules, the Chiefs should be able to pay Carr everything that he is worth without having to outbid anyone else for him.

But cornerbacks are in high demand and it's one of the highest paid positions on the defense for one simple reason. It's hard to find good ones, and Carr is a good one. We all watched the Pittsburgh Steelers attempt to play the same defense against the Broncos that the Chiefs did just a week prior, but the Steelers couldn't match up their corners on the Broncos wideouts and Tebow went off on them. With the Chiefs ultimately having to play Tebow twice a year for at least one more year, it's important to be able to throw two solid corners out there and put the focus on stopping his best skill set, running the ball.

I don't know how much money it will cost the Chiefs to re-sign Carr. But I do know the Chiefs are just a couple of years away from HAVING to be at the salary floor in regards to the salary cap and if they don't spend some money on Carr, I am very interested to know what they have planned for that money, because they'll be forced to spend it one day. And I think today's a good day, but then again, it's not my money.

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2012 NFL Offseason: Kansas City Chiefs Should Bring Back Le'Ron McClain

The Kansas City Chiefs brought in Le'Ron McClain before last season to see what he could do blocking for All-Pro Jamaal Charles, but without Charles this season, McClain showed us even more.

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