Last Friday, as per sources, former Saints CB Eli Apple was not able to finalize a new contract with the Las Vegas Raiders.
The CB, who initially appeared to agree on a one-year deal worth $6 million (per the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo), was unable to complete his contract, keeping him on the open market for interested teams. He remains a free agent for now.
Rumors swirl about possible interviews with the Panthers and the Redskins, two of the teams that showed interest around the NFL.
With Kendall Fuller back to the Washington Redskins and a one year deal just completed with Bashaud Breeland, do the Chiefs take a look at CB Eli Apple and add more depth to join the newly signed CB Antonio Hamilton?
Apple spent last season with the New Orleans Saints, where he started 15 games and recorded 58 total tackles, four pass deflections and one forced fumble.
He is a 24-year-old former first-round pick now on his third team in five years. However, he has the size (6-foot-1, 203 pounds) and good skills such as fluid movement and pretty good speed (he posted a 4.40 40-yard dash time out of college) that is very workable with the Chiefs. Above all, he’s experienced and can be an instant starter while also taking care of younger players or newly drafted ones around him. So far in his career, Apple has totaled 233 tackles, three forced fumbles, and three interceptions.
It’s well-known that the Chiefs are hard-pressed for salary cap space. Apple could provide a low-risk, high reward free agent signing to begin this new season.