Chiefs Sign Vrabel; Tenders To RFAs

Busy times for all NFL teams as the league sprints towards the start of a new business year at 11 p.m. Central Time.

The Chiefs have worked out a new contract with OLB Mike Vrabel, keeping him from reaching unrestricted free agency. Vrabel, who came to the Chief as part of the deal for QB Matt Cassel, will be playing his 14th NFL season and will turn 35 in August. Last season he was sixth on the team in total tackles with 65, along with two sacks two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Last week during the NFL Combine, head coach Todd Haley said: “I think the world of Mike. I think he’s a heck of a player and he was a heck of a positive influence for me as a first-year head coach in multiple areas. He’s just a tremendous football player that is fun to be around.”

Also, the Chiefs have given tender offers to starting center Rudy Niswanger, starting RT Ryan O’Callaghan, backup tackle Ikechuku Ndukwe and S Jarrad Page; all came with a second-round draft choice as the compensation. For four-year veterans Niswanger, O’Callaghan and Page, that’s one-year deals for $1,759,000 and for three-year player Ndukwe that’s a tender worth $1,684,000.

Plus, the Chiefs have given five-year LB Derrick Johnson a first-round tender offer of $2,621,000.

OL Andy Alleman did not receive a tender offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.

11 Responses to “Chiefs Sign Vrabel; Tenders To RFAs”

  • March 4, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    no one will give up a 2nd round pick for any of these guys, so I guess Rudy will be here next year. Hope he steps up his game!!

  • March 4, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    Not necessarily, gorillafan. They can still be cut or traded for less. But, until they can be replaced with someone better, it’s a smart to keep them here.

  • March 4, 2010  - arrowhead1978 says:

    Yea i wonder if any one would try to sign Derrick Johnson with a first rounder?

  • March 4, 2010  - SG says:

    Seems a lot of value to be placed on Ndukwe. Nis – probably closer to reality…O-Cal – the jury’s out on him also.

  • March 4, 2010  - TimR says:

    Aren’t all of our tenders on file with the league? Isn’t there a way to find out what’s been done?

  • March 4, 2010  - Don in Wichita says:

    Nice to have Mike around next year. He’s like an on field coach. I hope the young guys ‘be like mike’.

  • March 4, 2010  - Rod says:

    See you Brodie Croyle. No tender there. If he leaves KC maybe his wife can stay.

  • March 4, 2010  - el cid says:

    I guess we no longer need Brodie, after all we got Palko for a backup. Someone explain the thought process of Pioli.

  • March 5, 2010  - True Red & Gold says:

    I still say (more than ever) that Brodie wants out and has made it known to management (I could care less what he has said to some reporter). I think that he can start in this league. With the right people around him he will be successful. I don’t care what mad chief has to say about it. Just wait and see!

  • March 5, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    True Red & Gold says:
    “I don’t care what mad chief has to say about it.”

    Thanks for the “shout out”, True Red & Gold. Good to know you value my opinion as much as I value yours.

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