The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that they have signed free agent offensive lineman Ryan Durand.
Durand (6-5, 301) originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice (239th overall) of the Tennessee Titans in the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent his initial season on the Titans practice squad before being elevated to the active roster in 2010. He made his NFL debut and only appearance vs. Dallas on Oct. 10, 2010. He served on Tennessee’s practice squad again in 2011. He joined the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 20, 2012 and was released on Nov. 27.
A three-year starter at right guard for Syracuse, Durand was an All-Big East selection his senior season after paving the way for a 1,000-yard rusher. As a junior, he protected an offensive unit that averaged 291.9 yards per game. The Fitchburg, Mass., native, prepped at St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School, where he was a four-year letterman and team captain.
Also, Bob Gretz of Bob Gretz.com is reporting that the team has also picked up free agent safety Cyhl Quarles.
Safety Cyhl Quarles is the latest addition to the Chiefs off-season roster, signing as a reserve/future contract.
The 6-3, 210-pound Quarles entered the NFL last year as an undrafted rookie free agent from Wake Forest. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens and played in all four of the team’s 2012 pre-season games, collecting 6 tackles on defense and 2 on special teams. The Ravens released him as part of the final cutdown on August 31st.
Chiefs GM John Dorsey continues to add players to the roster. While most of these players are long shots to make the team next summer, the NFL has shown us plenty of examples of undrafted players developing and making rosters.