Chiefs Add OT Jared Gaither

The Chiefs pushed their roster to 88 players Thursday morning signing big OT Jared Gaither.

The 6-9, 340 pound Gaither did not play in the 2010 season because of a back injury. Two weeks ago he was reportedly set to sign with the Raiders, but apparently he could not pass the physical exam in Oakland.

At the time, Raiders head coach Hue Jackson said:

“When he’s healthy, he’s one of the better left tackles in the league. He has extremely long arms, very tall, very long. He’s a good football player. Again, there’s a question of health, and we’re going to do everything that we need to do to make sure that we know exactly where he is.”

The 25-year old Gaither was an unrestricted free agent who has played 38 games with the Baltimore Ravens, including 33 starts at left tackle. He joined the Ravens as a fifth-round choice in the 2007 NFL Supplemental Draft.

While with Baltimore there were questions about his work ethic and commitment. Gaither frequently misses practices with injuries, the severity of which has been debatable within the Ravens organization. He was not a participant in the team’s off-season conditioning program before the 2010 season. He then missed the entire ’10 season because of the back injury.

He played two seasons at the University of Maryland before being declared academically ineligible for the 2007 season. He then petitioned for inclusion in the supplemental draft.

15 Responses to “Chiefs Add OT Jared Gaither”

  • August 11, 2011  - aPauled says:

    The OT position just got a whole lot better assuming that Gaither is healthy enough to play right away. Does he bump Richardson at RT or do the Chiefs try him at LT where he primarily played in Baltimore? Nice addition here.

  • August 11, 2011  - el cid says:

    Hope you are correct. He has a history, from college and pros, of lack of commmitment. Right age and size and probably at the end if he fails in KC, so little risk if healthy.

    I say if the Chiefs think they can get one season of good work, he plays LT and Albert moves to G.

  • August 11, 2011  - Mike says:

    Good signing. Low risk high reward. He’s only 25

  • August 11, 2011  - Rick says:

    I would imagine the Chiefs will give Gaither time to get healed up then see if he can beat out one of our current tackles.

    Another nice, low risk move by the Don.

  • August 11, 2011  - lyle says:

    This looks like tackle depth to me rather than an automatic starter. He may challenge for a starting job in time, but I’m sure that Haley wants to find out pretty quick if the guy wants to play or ride a stationary bike all of the time.

  • August 11, 2011  - TimR says:

    Great low risk, potentially HIGH reward signing. They’ll let him get healthy & find out if he’ll really go to work. If he does, he’ll probably got to LT. They’ll slide Albert inside to LG where he played in college. When Hudson takes over for Weigman, and you have Asomoah at RG, our line will be MUCH BIGGER & YOUNGER! This might not all happen early…or this year though.

  • August 11, 2011  - el cid says:

    Lots of if but picture what TimR said. You are talking about a, no THE, OL for the next ten years. A big strong OL that could turn into the KC butt kicking machine for the next 10 years. Add advancement by Richardson and it would be something.

  • August 11, 2011  - ED says:

    Nice signing gives up depth at the tackle position

  • August 11, 2011  - ron says:

    nice move. should be interesting to see if hes more motivated playing with both his best friends, including offensive lineman branden albert

  • August 11, 2011  - Michael says:

    I can’t argue with the moves. Why not take a low risk on a still-young veteran WR like Colbert, burning to make a comeback and make a career for himself; add an immensely talented, young offfensive tackle looking to overcome last year’s injury and whispers that he doesn’t want it enough; and add a kickoff specialist to see if he somehow fits and could give the team some kind of edge?

    The team has extra roster slots; so these moves are no-brainers with little downside and maybe huge upside.

  • August 11, 2011  - Rob says:

    The carter move, i think they want another camp-leg. I cannot see haley committing to a kickoff specialist.

    The lineman reminds me of the ole willie roaf signing. It may be good, or it could go the Tony Boselli way of things.

    I just hope Colbert was something that fell into arrowheads lap and we got lucky. Dunno. It is weird.

  • August 11, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Gaither will provide competition and must know he’s on his last chance. Great pick up and bye-bye O’Crapahan

  • August 11, 2011  - rufus says:

    If they could put him at LT and slide Albert in, Casey W would have two big strong young guards at his sides and that would mask a lot of the problems this team had against OAK and the big NT Garay with Weigmann being too old and small to compete against those guys. Albert and Asamoah on the inside would be real nice.

  • August 12, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Doesn’t seem like he’s a part of “the right 53.”

    That being said, I hope he works out. It would be good if every now and then a talented player with questionable work ethic could be turned around.

  • August 12, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    His resume looks pretty crappy but I can tell you Iam rooting for him to make the team. With his size and strength he could be an awesome man to deal with. Its up to him to bring the desire and committment to work everyday. I wish him the best.

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