Allen Bailey will not hit free agency this spring, a big development in the Kansas City Chiefs attempts to keep their young group of defenders together.
Ian Rapoport reported today the Chiefs have agreed to a four-year, $25 million deal to keep Bailey with the Chiefs. The contract includes $15 million is guaranteed money with $10 million of that coming in the form of a signing bonus. Here’s the Twitter proof for you skeptics:
Bailey has flourished the last two seasons under defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. In his first two seasons he recorded only one sack and 11 tackles while starting only one game. In fairness to Bailey, he was playing behind first round picks Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey but his inability to be productive in the playing time he did receive was concerning.
The last two seasons for Bailey, which happens to coincide with the arrival of Sutton, have been much different. Last season he recorded a sack and 25 tackles as a rotational player on the defensive line. In the offseason Bailey put on some weight to help him defend against the run and that seems to have been the tipping point for his production.
In nine starts this season Bailey has four sacks and 18 tackles in addition to 11 other non-sack quarterback pressures. His 16 stops are the second most of any Chiefs defensive lineman, behind only Dontari Poe, and ranks tied for fourth on the team with Tamba Hali.
Bailey’s strength is still as a pass rusher, but his improvement against the run is noticeable. Last week against the Bills Bailey was given a +4.3 grade against the run. That kind of improvement makes locking him up for a few more seasons a positive move for the Chiefs.