Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws a pass while under pressure from Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Vance Walker (98) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Sign Vance Walker


And this time it is official: The Chiefs have signed defensive lineman Vance Walker to a three-year deal.

There was a period earlier this morning where we thought Walker had signed with the Chiefs but those reports turned out to be false. It didn’t seem to matter too much as the Chiefs were able to get the deal done tonight.

Walker projects to a starting defensive end based on his contract and the comments of his agent.

 

Kansas City got the deal done before Walker could get to Seattle for his official visit. They’ll now focus the rest of their attention to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who is in town now for his visit.

We talked a little bit this afternoon about how Walker fits for Kansas City as an affordable option. Here’s a Raiders, Walker’s old team, perspective of the signing:

 

The Chiefs significantly improved their pass rush on the defensive line and spent half of what Atlanta did to sign Tyson Jackson. These haven’t been huge moves John Dorsey has made the last few days but they are very savvy ones. If KC can land Sanders in the next few hours then you’ve got to be pleased with how the early free agency period has worked out for the Chiefs.

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  • tazer15

    Yes I will!!!

    • Juanita Johnson

      I agree TJax was made a rich man by the CHIEFS he was and is not worth the millions he got from us and will get from the Falcons.See ya! REMEMBER ONLY 9ISH MILLION $ IN THE SALARY CAP! “Is what it is” fellas!

  • niner559

    Signed him for the second time today…that’s persistent.

    • berttheclock

      Yeah, those leg irons really came in handy. Actually, I heard they had Poe come in to restrain him.

      • sidibeke

        I heard they chained a rack of BBQ ribs to his neck first; lucky he didn’t get eaten.

  • Chris Tarrants

    So we let a first rounder, awesome run stopper and so so pass rushing DT hit FA and then sign a guy who failed to even be a Raider? Hmmm

    • berttheclock

      What the hell does “first rounder” have to do with anything. He was a reach to bring into the 1st round when Pioli made one of his regular bone head moves. First rounders have failed in the NFL for years. Walker has improved his game and will really move the Chiefs forward. He was second only to Houston with the Raiders and the Packers and Seahawks were both hard on his heels Thompson wanted him to sign with the Packers. Jackson will fade with the sparrows. This is a very fine move by Dorsey and kept him away from both the Seahawks and the Packers.

      • Chris Tarrants

        Good, I hope you are right. Jackson was turning it on this year, give him a coach who plays to his players strengths rather than forcing a square peg in a round hole. I think he would have been really special here in the next few years. As far as Vance goes, I know nothing about him m. I just always get a weird feeling when a raider comes over to KC.

        • Spencer

          How was he exactly “turning it on”??? He was still an awful pass rusher, I would bet his avg sack took 5-6 secs (coverage sacks) , and he graded worse as a run snuffer compared to last year. Ya his stats (Specifically sacks) looked better, but that was due to a better team and a better coaching job, not him.

          • Michael Shaw

            Don’t forget to mention teams were concentrating on Hali and Johnson and not T-Jax, so that did give him a better shot last year.

        • WildcatJayhawk

          Raiders that come to KC, usually (Not always) do very well. Unfortunately, it also works that way going the other direction.

      • paul pace

        Here, here!!

    • Jarad

      I’m not sure who you are referring to that hit FA. The guy I remember was far from a so so pass rusher. His “pass rushing” was non existent. And if VW failed to be a raise, why did they still want him back? You don’t win by stopping the run anymore, you have to get to the QB

  • sidibeke

    Stoked.

  • tm1946

    A move that should be well received. No worse than Jackson but cheaper. Maybe better.

  • Hawthorne

    This is why we hired Dorsey, he doesn’t get caught up in the name recognition which comes with huge contracts. He just grabs skilled players for great prices. Can’t wait to see our defense this year with a better pass rush and (knocks on wood) Commings at FS.

    • Michael Shaw

      Yeah I am hoping Abdullah isn’t resigned to playing FS too often next year!!

      • Hawthorne

        Me too, I’m actually thinking that DeMarcus Van Dyke may be our third option at FS. He’s tall and fast, but tends to overrun his receivers, ran a 4.26.

        • WildcatJayhawk

          Coaching and experience can fix that.

      • WildcatJayhawk

        Even if he is, keep in mind, JD is still digging out from the DISASTER that Pioli left him. Most of the best players, were taken by King Carl. Albeit, it wasn’t King Carl. The King sucked at the draft himself, until Bill Kuharich came along and handed King the names of right players. Egoli, on the other hand, handed contracts far to large for mediocre players (because he didn’t know how to find GOOD ones). Thus, ruining any chance to build any real depth (Not that Egoli could recognize areas of need anyway).

  • tgaletti

    If he is more disruptive in the passing game than T-Jax was I’m all for this signing

    • WildcatJayhawk

      I think Todd Haley could find “any guy on the street” that would be more disruptive in the passing game than TJ…LOL

  • Canad-Ian

    I tried watching his game film vs KC but everything is blurry from Charles blowing by their D constantly.

    • Michael Shaw

      HA HA!!!! LOL!!! I think I just spit out my monster on that one!!!

  • Roger Mihalko

    A wait and see signing to me….walker is hopefully a bit better than jackson for less, at worst equal to jackson.

    Walker added to mays and abdullah signings isn’t overly inspiring in my book.

    Dorsey must really be banking on commings and nico johnson being healthy and sliding into starting roles.

    • Michael Shaw

      Remember reading that Nico Johnson was actually listed with 1st round talent last year and we got him in the 3rd somehow, which is a steal in my book. I am thinking if healthy he might be DJ’s replacement in 3-5 years, I hope!!!!

  • Danny W

    I would have rather them signed to Vince Wilfork but oh well.

    • Michael Shaw

      Not me. Asking for his own release from a playoff contender seems fishy to me.

    • WildcatJayhawk

      Too short term answer, and probably would cost too much. I’m glad they steered clear.

  • Lyle Graversen

    I read somewhere that he had more QB pressures last season than Jackson has in his career. I’m sold.

  • tazer15

    Tyson Jackson has always been and still way overpaid we got a better pass rush player for money we can afford win win period.Jackson being a first round pick just makes him a bigger waste of money.Kc wasted millions upon millions on that guy. Why would anyone ever want him back??? My goodness come on he had a decent year this year thats not worth half what he made.

    • WildcatJayhawk

      “Pioli”. That’s why. THANK YOU Atlanta!!! I just wish Pioli had gone to Denver, SD, or Oakland!

  • KCMikeG

    He better be more “disruptive” than TJax because he is weaker in the run D. plus we didn’t get him for half of TJax’s $5M, try $4.3M.

    • RK_KC

      Iirc Tyson Jacksons getting 11mil guaranteed over 5 yrs and Vance Walkers getting 3.75mil guaranteed over 3 yrs. Great signing, average run stopper, above average against the pass. Now let’s see what he can do in our front seven. Go Chiefs!!

    • Ben Nielsen

      Jackson signed a $25 million with Atlanta compared to Walker’s $13 million deal. Those are the numbers I was referencing. Sorry for the confusion.

      • KCMikeG

        Jackson’s is over 5 years vs Walker’s over 3 years. I’m sure Walker will provide better pass rushing, which we desperately need, but if his run defense isn’t as good as TJax then we haven’t gained anything. Our pass D was 25th ranked and clearly cost us games but our run D with TJax, who is a better run stopper, was ranked 22nd.

    • Jarad

      I gotta think his production will go up even more playing for a good team. Oakland was behind a lot, so one would assume they’d have less chances to rush the opposing qb. I don’t have the stats, but I’m assuming they faced a high percentage of runs due to bring behind. If the Chiefs get their offense going, they might just give some of the best teams a run for their money with an improved D-line

      • KCMikeG

        Good point Jarad. Hopefully a better D will allow Walker to be better at stopping the run and allow him to use his pass rush skills more than he did in Chokeland. Playing next to Poe certainly can’t hurt!

  • BWrangler

    So now we got Poe and Walker collapsing at least half the line themselves…lets work on the secondary to take advantage of the rushed passes. I think the Chiefs are banking on top 3 draft, I’m hoping they can pull it off.

    • Ben Nielsen

      What do you mean by a “top 3″ draft?

  • berttheclock

    Sorry micah, but, that Number 7 pictured above is not the one the Chiefs signed.

    • Michael Shaw

      Ouch! Guess we can’t really have a post without a dig on Micah? Come on guys he just wants us to waste a #1 pick on a QB………..that’s all!!!

      • WildcatJayhawk

        I’m Very Impressed with what JD did to fix the Chiefs DISASTEROUS QB situation last year, WITHOUT overpaying for a QB (bust). It is Sooooooooooooo Nice Egoli is gone.