The Kansas City Chiefs have definitely acquired a pattern of signing free agents under head coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey by not making many splashes, but instead making steady ripples. Case in point is the signing Friday of free agent defensive tackle Vance Walker who played with the Oakland Raiders last year.
Walker (6-2, 305) played and started 15 games for the Raiders in 2013, recording 40 tackles and three sacks. He would seem a good fit at defensive end in the Chiefs’ 3-4 front as the replacement for Tyson Jackson who fled to greener pastures in Atlanta. However, it is also possible that Walker could spell Dontari Poe at nose tackle on occasion.
A sixth-year pro from Georgia Tech, the 26-year-old Walker was a seventh-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2009 and played four seasons there. He signed a one-year contract with the Raiders last offseason and now after a solid stint as a starter for Oakland, is getting a multi-year deal with Kansas City.
Terms were not disclosed by the Chiefs or the NFL, but ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports Walker’s contract is for three years and worth up to $13 million, with $3.75 million in guarantees. Jackson, on the other hand, reunited with former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli for a 5-year $25 million contract with $11 million guaranteed. And yet, their stats were almost identical but Walker is a year younger than Jackson.
So once again, Reid and Dorsey make a signing that fits under their cap and the new player will likely play as well or better than the player he replaced.
In other free agent news, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders concluded his meeting with KC on Friday without a contract and he is reportedly meeting with San Francisco on Saturday.
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