KANSAS CITY, MO – NOVEMBER 11: Priest Holmes #31 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball during the second half of the game against the Denver Broncos on November 11, 2007 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
73. Chiefs sign Priest Holmes (2001)
In 2001, the Kansas City Chiefs were trying to find a competent running back. Full back Tony Richardson had led the team on the ground in 2000, but was more built to block than to rush for 1,000 yards. General manager Carl Peterson was looking for an answer and took a flier on Priest Holmes, who was coming off a Super Bowl season with the Baltimore Ravens.
Holmes was not seen as a top-tier running back but more of a stop-gap who could get four yards per carry. Kansas City certainly got much more than that over his six seasons with the franchise. Holmes set the franchise record for career rushing yardage along with three 1,000-yard campaigns from 2002-04. Holmes was also tremendous out of the backfield, catching 206 passes over that span. Holmes is arguably the best value signing of the century for the Chiefs, and was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2014.
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