Chiefs Make It Official With Three Players

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that two of their restricted free agents — Derrick Johnson, Ike Ndukwe — and one exclusive rights free agent — Mike Cox.

Johnson was one of over 200 NFL players affected by new, uncapped rules for 2010.  He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after five seasons in the league, but when that number increased to six accrued seasons for an uncapped 2010, DJ lost those UFA rights.

By signing the tender offer with Kansas City, Johnson is guaranteed to make $2.475 million this season.  He is the first of Kansas City’s restricted free agents to sign a tender offer for 2010.

FB Mike Cox is back to compete for time at the fullback position.  A starter in 2009, Cox spent most of his time as a situational player in Kansas City’s backfield, often times leading RB Jamaal Charles into the defensive second-level.  When the Kansas City’s offense was looking for more versatility out of the fullback position, RB Tim Castille would often times relieve Cox.

The other player to re-sign with the Chiefs today is OL Ikechuku Ndukwe.  A restricted free agent, Ndukwe was tendered by the Chiefs before the beginning of the 2010 unrestricted free agency period.

A bit of a swing player, it’s uncertain where Ndukwe will factor into the Chiefs offensive line rotation this coming fall.  We’ll learn more about the Chiefs specific plans for Ndukwe as the offseason program approaches.

Obviously the most noteworthy name here is Derrick Johnson.  Just because he signed his tender doesn’t mean that he is assured to line up with the Chiefs in 2010.  Instead, all it guarantees is that Kansas City alone will determine what happens with Johnson and there is still a very good chance that he is moved between now and the draft.

As I said yesterday, it’s good to have Cox back in the fold (insert snicker here) but I still with the Chiefs would have gone out and stolen another running back from the New York Jets to start at fullback: Tony Richardson.  Unfortunately, Richardson re-signed with the Jets earlier this month.

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