This week saw the Chiefs make a trade and honor one of their key defensive lineman from the Andy Reid era
The Kansas City Chiefs had an eventful week. With rookie minicamp starting, football is officially getting back into the swing on things for the NFL’s biggest season yet.
With general manager Brett Veach, Chiefs Kingdom saw a trade and a well-deserved one-day contract be granted to a Chiefs legend.
Tamba Hali signed a one-day contract to retire with Chiefs
Hali played under the Chiefs for 12 seasons after being selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In that time he helped bring the franchise back to its winning ways from the defensive side.
Hali became one of the most gifted and efficient pass rushers in Chiefs history. Hali ranks second all-time in sacks with 89.5 behind the late pass-rusher Derrick Thomas.
Hali getting the honor of retiring with the franchise that he was so productive for is a real feel-good moment both for Hali and Chiefs Kingdom. For more details on Hali’s Career, check out the Thursday Tribute we published back in November.
Chiefs trade for cornerback Mike Hughes
The Chiefs made a deal with the Minnesota Vikings that will send a 2022 sixth-round pick to the Vikings for cornerback Mike Hughes and a seventh-round pick.
Hughes was drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Central Florida. Injuries have plagued the 24-year-old, as he suffered a torn ACL in his rookie campaign and played in four games last season due to a neck injury.
Despite being injury prone, Hughes joins cornerback Deandre Baker as the second corner to be selected in the first round. Veach has certainly taken a hard-look at talented secondary players from the draft in the last year.
For such a small price, getting Hughes is a low-risk, high-reward opportunity for the Chiefs who need to bolster the secondary to try and win the AFC for a third consecutive season.
Eight undrafted free agents sign with Chiefs
This Thursday saw eight undrafted players sign contracts with the Chiefs. Five of those eight players are corners and may be able to fill a missing role within the Chiefs defense.
Another notable prospect signed was quarterback Shane Buechele, who saw himself start at the University of Texas as a true freshman and have that classic shootout win against Notre Dame in 2016.
Buechele played fairly well at SMU once he transferred there. After the draft concluded, he was considered one of the top available quarterback prospects left on the market.
It’ll be interesting to see if any of the undrafted free agents class will be able to turn some heads at rookie minicamp that began on Friday.