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NFL Free Agency 2016: Chiefs continue to be active on Day 2

The Kansas City Chiefs got a lot done on the first day of free agency, the majority of which centered around keeping their own in place, p


The Kansas City Chiefs got a lot done on the first day of free agency, the majority of which centered around keeping their own in place, particularly with the defense. Safety Eric Berry was previously franchised, before signing new deals with edge rusher Tamba Hali, then linebacker Derrick Johnson. They also brought in a number of new faces with OT Mitchell Schwartz from the Browns and pass rusher Jonathan Massaquoi from the Falcons. They’ve continued to do a little bit of both since. Most importantly, they have managed to re-sign another impending defensive free agent in defensive lineman Jaye Howard. The five-year veteran contributed 57 tackles, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble last year for the team. He signs a new two-year extension at a reasonable price that is worth up to $12 million. It’s surprising that he was retainable for such a relatively small amount, and that there apparently wasn’t a bigger market for his services. The deal has its plusses for Howard as well, as he’ll be able to hit free agency again before his 30th birthday and earn another solid contract for himself, and over $8 million is guaranteed. Further signings to provide addition depth on defense include linebacker/defensive end Ebe Obada, previously of the Cowboys and London Warriors, and former Eagles seventh round defensive lineman David King, via the Bengals and Seahawks. It hasn’t all been good news though, as the Chiefs have had their share of departures as well. After losing offensive tackle Donald Stephenson to the Broncos, fellow guard Jeff Allen to the new-look Texans offense, and backup QB Chase Daniels to the Eagles, their secondary has also seen some losses. Safety Tyvon Branch signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Cardinals with $5 million guaranteed yesterday, and this morning KC also lost tall cornerback Sean Smith to the Raiders. One deal from a year ago hasn’t worked out. Kansas City announced this morning that they were releasing offensive guard Ben Grubbs, another loss to their O-line. The Chiefs traded for Grubbs last off-season and signed him to a four-year deal, but the 32-year-old suffered a neck injury mid-way through the season and ended up on injured reserve. The move was announced this morning after a failed physical.

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Rebecca Rennie

Hello all, I'm Rebecca, also going by Bex, and I am the RealSport College Football Editor, as well as writer and NFL Draft analyst.  I also edit other sports including the CFL, cycling and golf, while occasionally contributing to the NFL section as well.  I'm a fan of most sports and enjoy discussing with fellow fans, so do please comment on articles and interact.  A big fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and of the Central Florida Knights in college.

NFL Free Agency 2016: Chiefs continue to be active on Day 2

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