Kansas City Chiefs Sign 14 To Reserve/Future Contracts
By Ben Nielsen
The beginning of the offseason means the beginning of the 90-man roster. The Kansas City Chiefs got a head start on adding to the roster by signing fourteen players to reserve/future contracts. Last season this period of time landed guys like Joe McKnight, who was productive for the Chiefs until he ruptured his achilles.
Here’s the list of players the Chiefs signed:
Tight ends Brandon Barden and Adam Schiltz; wide receivers Armon Binns and Fred Williams; offensive linemen Curtis Feight, Ricky Henry, Jarrod Pughsley, and Derek Sherrod; long snapper Jorgen Hus; cornerback Deji Olatoye; running back Spencer Ware; defensive lineman Jerel Worthy and Hebron Fangupo; linebacker JoJo Dickson.
Worthy was a former second round pick of the Green Bay Packers that spent a lot of the season on the Chiefs’ practice squad. In fact, 11 of the 14 signees saw some time on the Chiefs’ practice squad this season.
Spencer Ware is an interesting pickup for the Chiefs. The 2013 sixth round pick by the Seattle Seahawks was released by Seattle after a DUI arrest. Ware rushed for 1,249 yards and 10 touchdowns while at LSU. He’s more of a bruising running back than a speed guy some that makes him a little more interesting for the Chiefs.
Sherrod is a former first round pick of the Packers whose career took a turn when Tamba Hali broke Sherrod’s leg in a game in 2011. It took more than a year for Sherrod to recover as he missed the 2012 season and then started the 2013 season on the PUP list. By that time the Packers had already found his permanent replacement. He was waived by the Packers this past November and may be an interesting candidate for the Chiefs at right tackle.
If the Chiefs can get lucky with one or two of these guys as backups or contributors then that’s a big boost in terms of cap space and filling some holes. Worthy and Sherrod would seem to be the two best bets to make the 2015 53-man roster.