Kansas City leaders were looking for some more passing help, which is why they included Arden Key on the defense team for free for a recent visit, according to the NFL’s personnel announcement. However, Key chose to sign a non-AFC contender instead of joining Kansas City.
Key signed a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on March 30. The deal is worth up to $7 million, each. NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.
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It is unclear if Key received a formal contract offer from the Chiefs during his visit with them. However, Key became the first player to visit the Chiefs this season without ultimately signing them.
Key is a former Las Vegas Raiders third-round player in the 2018 NFL Draft. After struggling to make an impact on the field during his three seasons with the Raiders, Key was terminated by Las Vegas in April 2021. , according to the Pro Football Reference. He then signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers a week after being cut.
During the 2021 season, Key recorded career highs with midfield hits (17), clearances (6.5) and tackles (5). It’s a great rehab effort for a player who could quickly find himself unfit in the NFL if he underperforms on his first contract with San Francisco. Instead, Key earned his third NFL contract with Jacksonville.
The chiefs can wait until the draft to deal with the fever over
The Chiefs’ current defensive end includes Frank Clark, Mike Danna, Joshua Kaindoh, Austin Edwards, Malik Herring and Jonathan Woodard. With Key officially signing elsewhere, Kansas City can wait until the draft to add to its pass unit.
With improved play from Mike Danna in his sophomore year and more to know about 2021 draft pick Joshua Kaindoh, it means the Chiefs are interested in Key. He’s a cheaper, lower pick in defence.
Frank Clark is taking in $13.7 million in cap space for 2022. It would therefore be wise for the Chiefs to refuse to sign another high-flying passer to play opposite Clark. in defence. Now that Key is locked down, if Kansas City decides to tackle the hurdles unit through the draft, they’ll bring in a rookie or two, which will add talent to that position on a rookie contract. soldiers.
Veteran passer Melvin Ingram is also a potential pick for Kansas City. Ingram did not sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers until July of the 2021 season and is taking a wait-and-see approach to free agent again this season. Ingram has been productive after being swapped from the Steelers to Chiefs in the final deadline of the 2021 season. And with a reasonable margin, general manager Brett Veach has said he would welcome Ingram back in year 2022.
Ingram, the three-time Pro Bowler, turned 33 in April.
Twitter reacts to jaguar key re-signing
Twitter users reacted to the Key signing with Jacksonville after visiting with the Chiefs.
“Now that Arden Key is not on the market, why not sign Jadeveon Clowney? He’s the best free agent and it would be nice to get an advantage before the draft to give Brett Veach more freedom. I like his pressure and he did well for the Browns last season, scoring 9 bags,” one Twitter user wrote of the Chiefs.
“Now the Arden Key is gone I’m so happy for him because last season was just a preview of him going out for Jacksonville,” another user wrote.
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