The Kansas City Chiefs continue to add bottom of the roster guys, today signing former New York Jets defensive lineman Marcus Dixon.
Congratulations to PFM client DL Marcus Dixon @marcusdixon94 on signing a one year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs!
— Pro Football Mgmt (@HowardShatsky) February 9, 2013
The 6’4, 295-pound Dixon was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys. He has spent the last few seasons with the New York Jets.
Dixon will come in having some familiarity with new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s defense. He played only 58 snaps for the Jets last year. In 2011, he played 435 snaps and Pro Football Focus graded him a -8.2 overall, recording two sacks.
Much like Scott Pioli did when he became the GM, the new regime is loading up the bottom of the roster with players they are familiar with. A few years ago, it was ex-Patriots and ex-Cardinals. Now, we are seeing players that have spent time with the Eagles and Jets.
Even if a lot of these guys don’t end up making the team, they should be able to help some of the players currently on the roster learn the schemes and terminology of their new coaches.
Then again, bottom of the roster guys from the Pioli/Haley/Crennel era should probably be concerned. Sure, we likely won’t see a Mardy Gilyard replacing a Dwayne Bowe but very well could see Gilyard replace a guy like Jamar Newsome.
Consider these signings just an appetizer to what the new regime will do when real free agency begins in March.