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Chiefs loading up on defensive tackles, sign free agent Cory Grissom

The Kansas City Chiefs signed free agent DT Cory Grissom, seen here against the University of Miami in 2012, to a one-year contract on Wednesday.
The Kansas City Chiefs signed free agent DT Cory Grissom, seen here against the University of Miami in 2012, to a one-year contract on Wednesday.
South Florida Times

The Kansas City Chiefs don’t particularly care how any of their free agent moves register on the “WOW!’ Scale as long as they contribute to the win totals for the 2014 season. They proved it once again on Wednesday by signing free agent defensive tackle Corey Grissom – a move that literally didn’t register a blip on the NFL radar.

For a league with an insatiable fan base starving for every scrap of information – and a 24-hour network that is desperate for anything new to report – almost none of the major news outlets reported the signing. The first mention of it came from Aaoron Wilson of @RavensInsider and the National Football Post.

And not to disparage Grissom or anything, but when your Chiefs Examiner looked him up on the RotoWorld web site, his profile picture was one of those faceless icons with a football helmet on that one of their graphic artist interns created in 15 minutes one day for their web guy to put up when they didn’t have an actual head shot of the player.

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Grissom, 23, is a 6 foot 1 inch 320 pounder that went undrafted out of South Florida in 2013 but spent last year with the New England Patriots on Injured Reserve after injuring his ankle in the Patriots third preseason game. Your Chiefs Examiner is still waiting for someone to gripe and groan about the Chiefs adding "another #@$! Patriot" unless, of course, that complaint only applied to former GM Scott Pioli.

Grissom’s signing comes just a few days after the team added Vance Walker to the roster and the same day that they lost Jerrel Powe to the Texans in free agency.

As usual, Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride has a nice post about Grissom if you want to know more about a guy that is facing long odds of being on the opening day roster next fall. However, Grissom does provide another body in training camp that can try to give Pro Bowl tackle Dontari Poe a breather.

Poe played 1,004 snaps last season, the most of any defensive tackle in the league according to Pro Football Focus. Part of the Chiefs defensive problems late in the season was a dramatic drop-off in Poe’s productivity which might have been due to fatigue of playing so much early in the year.


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