The Kansas City Chiefs got their nose tackle.
It just isn’t the one everyone was expecting.
The National Football Post is reporting the team has agreed to a one-year deal with former Baltimore Raven Kelly Gregg.
Gregg is 6-0′ and 320 pounds but he is also 34 years old. His signing seems to indicated that the Chiefs will not pursue popular free agent Aubrayo Franklin from the San Fransisco 49ers.
I’ve given this some thought and I don’t like the move a whole lot. I see what the Chiefs are probably thinking. The signing probably indicates that they have a little more faith in Jerrell Powe than we might have thought. Like bringing back Casey Wiegmann, signing Gregg for a year eneables them to have a solid veteran presence and a guy who can teach Powe the position. After all, Gregg has been a pretty good nose tackle for a while now.
My problem with the signing is that Gregg is 34. He had 38 tackles last year and 0 sacks. Ron Edwards is 32 and had 26 tackles and 2 sacks.
Gregg might be a little bit better at Edwards at stuffing the run but at his advanced age, there probably isn’t much difference in the two. It really isn’t fair to base your opinion on a nose tackle on stats alone because a big part of the job is opening up holes and making room for the linebackers to make plays. The Ravens still had a pretty good defense last year so maybe there is more left in Gregg’s tank than I think.
What do you think Addicts? Is Gregg an upgrade or a lateral move?