Much of the Chiefs successes, early on in free agency, has revolved around handling their own first. It began with assigning the franchise tag to the comeback player of the year – safety Eric Berry – and continued with a fairly friendly deal to keep long-time pass rusher Tamba Hali with the team who drafted him, for another three years. Next to stick around in Kansas City is another who has played there his whole career, linebacker Derrick Johnson. That’s big news for a key member of one of the top defences in the league. The contract is reported to be a three-year extension that will pay him $21 million, should he see out the life of that deal. This takes the place of the five-year contract he signed back in 2010 that had a total value of $34 million. After missing essentially the entirety of the 2014 season – with a ruptured Achilles which he suffered in the opening game – he returned in 2015 in great form, finishing the year with 116 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles. His performances earned him his fourth trip to the Pro Bowl, and though he’ll be entering his thirteenth season in the league, was a must to re-sign, and worth investing another relatively pricey deal in. Kansas City went on an exceptional ten game winning run to reach the playoffs last season, and are keeping the core of that team together. With the addition of offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz from the Cleveland Browns on a five-year deal, they are also tackling areas of need, of which the offensive line was a primary one. The team looks poised to challenge for a post-season spot once again, and will fancy their chances of taking over the top spot in their division – after watching their rivals the Denver Broncos failing to do the same, and losing a number of key players.