John Dorsey signs former Chiefs to futures contracts with Browns
By Matt Conner
John Dorsey continues to import some familiar names and faces from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Cleveland Browns with his earliest moves.
Earlier this week, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey signed away three members of the Kansas City Chiefs front office to new positions in northern Ohio. Now Dorsey has signed away another three players who will sound familiar for Chiefs fans paying close attention to the roster—this time in the form of young players to reserve/futures contracts.
The Browns announced they’ve come to terms with three former Chiefs players on such deals—defensive lineman Ricky Ali’ifua, running back Kelvin Taylor and offensive lineman Joseph Cheek. None of the three players were ever members of the team’s active roster during the regular season, but given their status as reserve/futures contract recipients, that’s certainly not a surprise.
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Ali’ifua was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Utah State who signed after the draft and kept his spot all the way until final roster cuts in the preseason with K.C. You can read our full preseason interview with him here.
Kelvin Taylor was a former prized recruit at the University of Florida, a running back who broke Emmitt Smith’s rushing records in high school. However he failed to live up to his potential and slipped to the sixth round in the 2016 NFL Draft where the San Francisco 49ers made a reach for him. Since then, he’s bounced to the Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Chiefs and now Browns as he hopes to eventually make his mark at the pro level.
Joseph Cheek is a project lineman from Texas A&M who has the requisite size at 6’6, 295 lbs. to play along the line. However, he’s also tried to stick as a long-term project with the Saints and Chiefs, so it will be a stretch to believe that he will finally reach his potential with the Browns.