Chiefs Sign CB, Cut DL & Lewis Signs With Houston

There was a lot of transaction related news from the Chiefs on the NFL wire on Friday, as the team signed one, cut one and saw a starter from last year sign with another team:

  • Cornerback Chris Owens was signed as an unrestricted free agent. He’s a five-year veteran that played last year for Cleveland and Miami.
  • Released defensive lineman Brandon Moore, who was signed in January.
  • Four-year starting free safety Kendrick Lewis signed as an unrestricted free agent with Houston.

The 5-9, 180-pound Owens will be 28 years old in December five seasons he played in 72 games with 14 starts, picking up 184 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. He came into the league as a third-round selection by Atlanta in the 2009 NFL Draft. Owens played four seasons with the Falcons and then signed last season with Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent.

He played 12 games with the Browns, including the team’s loss at Arrowhead Stadium; he had four defensive tackles and one stop on special teams against the Chiefs. He suffered a knee injury and was placed on the injured-reserve list in early December. But Owens negotiated an injury settlement and was released. He was claimed by the Dolphins on December 18 and played in one game.

Owens saw playing time in all four of his seasons of eligibility at San Jose State University playing in 48 games with 228 total tackles and 13 interceptions. He attended Dorsey High School in the South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Moore spent time last season on the practice squad in San Diego and Denver and signed in January with the Chiefs.

Lewis played in 53 games and started 50 over his four seasons with the Chiefs, after being selected in the fifth-round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of the University of Mississippi. He missed 11 games because of various injuries. He finished his career with seven interceptions, including one that he returned for a touchdown in 2011. Lewis forced three fumbles and was credited with 176 total tackles.

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