The long list of teams that have tried and failed to build through free agency is ample proof that you can't buy a championship in the NFL. But with the remarkable makeover the Chiefs have completed during the last few weeks, capped by a flurry of transactions the past few days, you have to believe that this team will at least be capable of a swift turnaround from last year's 2-14 calamity.
Championship run? Let's hold off on that level of hyperbole for now. But newly hired coach Andy Reid and newly hired general manager John Dorsey orchestrated a series of stunningly effective moves to bolster a roster that was reflective of its woeful 2012 record.
It started with an agreement late last month with the 49ers to make a trade for quarterback Alex Smith, who was replaced by Colin Kaepernick last season. Smith was enjoying a second straight impressive season before suffering a concussion and ultimately losing his job to Kaepernick, so you have to believe the Chiefs are much better off with him over Matt Cassel, who was released and subsequently signed by Minnesota.
Then came the avalanche of transactions:
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was re-signed to a long-term deal. Ditto for Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt.
Re-signing Bowe allowed the Chiefs to place the franchise designation on left tackle Branden Albert and keep him in Kansas City for at least another season.
Just before the start of free agency, the Chiefs signed former Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson.
Once the signing period began, they wasted little time in signing Jets free-agent defensive tackle Mike DeVito, Dolphins free-agent tight end Anthony Fasano, Saints backup quarterback Chase Daniel, former Colts and Rams receiver Donnie Avery and cornerback Sean Smith, a former Dolphins defender widely regarded as the top cornerback on the open market.
"I think we got the types of players we wanted to get here," Dorsey said. "We didn't get flashy players. We got solid, foundational players."
Oh, and one more thing: The Chiefs still own the No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft.
Dream Team Lite
The 2011 Eagles were one of those teams figuring a free-agency splurge might turn into a championship, but they were sadly mistaken. After signing the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin, Vince Young and Ronnie Brown, the Eagles finished 8-8.
This year, the Eagles are using free agency in a far more responsible fashion, and rookie coach Chip Kelly hopes the results are more encouraging. The haul so far: cornerbacks Cary Williams, an underrated talent, and Bradley Fletcher; former Giants safety Kenny Phillips and former Patriots safety Patrick Chung; linebacker Jason Phillips, and defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga. The Eagles also traded for Bucs receiver Arrelious Benn, a former second-round pick who can return kicks.
It's a promising series of additions, and certainly a more economically responsible one compared with the high-priced and mostly ill-fated free-agent signings from the 2011 "Dream Team."
Tweet of the week
With NFL owners likely to eliminate the controversial "tuck rule" at their meetings in Arizona this week, the official Twitter feed of the Raiders -- @Raiders -- offered this gem Thursday:
"Tuck Rule? It's been 11 years, 1 month and 23 days . . . but who's counting?"