Chiefs sign DE Alex Okafor to 3-year deal

  • Chiefs sign DE Alex Okafor to 3-year deal

Chiefs sign DE Alex Okafor to 3-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a three-year contract with defensive end Alex Okafor, a source told ESPN on Thursday.

Before that, Okafar was a member of the Arizona Cardinals for four seasons and has been a decent player throughout his six-year career. That's good value for the Chiefs depending on how it is structured. His tackling efficiency will be a sight for sore eyes for Chiefs fans, and his effort level is something to contend with.

Kansas City also traded linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers this week. After suffering a torn Achilles late in the 2017 season, he came back last season to start all 16 games, compiling four sacks, while splitting playing time with rookie first-round draft pick Marcus Davenport. He might not be THE guy rushing the quarterback, but he can get after it.

The New Orleans Saints will likely be losing one of their defensive starters in free agency this year. Kpass has had an especially tough go of it, not seeing the field much in either of his previous two seasons.

Okafor joined the Saints on a one-year deal in 2017, and they re-signed him to a two-year deal last offseason.

Chiefs fans might be a bit anxious after seeing Berry and Houston released and Ford traded, but those moves weren't bad ones. He played even more of an every-down role that season, showing his strength as both a pass-rusher and run defender.

For the Chiefs, Okafor brings a veteran presence on the defensive line.