The Kansas City Chiefs already made one move to shore up the tight end position and give the offense more flexibility when they signed Kevin Boss to a three-year agreement. Apparently that might not be enough given the injury history of starter Tony Moeaki. Thus, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King is predicting that Dallas Clark could land in KC soon enough.
The Chiefs already brought in Clark for a free agent visit, so it’s not surprising to see the Chiefs listed there. However, many believed that Clark would head to Denver to join his longtime teammate Peyton Manning. King writes:
I think for the scores of you who have asked me in recent weeks where Dallas Clark will end up — or if he’ll play anywhere in 2012 — I give you this answer: If I had to make an educated guess right now, I think the leader in the clubhouse is Kansas City.
Imagine if Clark, who visited the Chiefs May 1, could give Tony Moeaki a breather for 300 snaps this year, with Kevin Boss in the rotation as well. Moeaki’s been injury-prone in his college and pro careers, so the Chiefs will try to find the right number of snaps for him. But a three-tight end rotation of Moeaki, Boss and Clark would be solid, if the Chiefs wouldn’t be hurt too much on special teams without major contributions from the tight ends.
That last line is the interesting note on all of this. Despite Clark’s ability to get open, Scott Pioli loves versatility in his players. For a third tight end to not be able to contribute at other levels would be an anomaly of sorts — flowing against the way he typically thinks. After all, nearly every single one of his draft picks from April can play multiple positions and guys filling out the depth chart should all be able to help on special teams.
Yet the Chiefs are clearly checking out tight end on the roster given the recent tryout of Martin Rucker and the visit of Dallas Clark. King doesn’t seem to have an inside scoop, so if this is just a hunch, I’d say it’s likely incorrect. That is, unless Pioli is willing to forgo his usual M.O.