On the last day for teams to tender restricted free agents, the Kansas City Chiefs did just that to DE Wallace Gilberry, according to Adam Teicher.
The Chiefs tendered Gilberry at the second-round level, according to Gilberry’s agent. Under the expiring collective bargaining agreement, this means the Chiefs would get a second-round draft pick if Gilberry signs with another club.
Gilberry was second on the Chiefs behind Tamba Hali with seven sacks last season.
No matter what ends up happening with the current CBA talks, with a new deal will come some new rules for free agency so there’s no way to tell exactly how much this tender will matter in the long run.
What it does show you is that — along with the franchise tag slapped on Tamba Hali — the Chiefs have no interest in losing their only two true pass rushers on the roster.
With that being said, if this tender holds and I’m a team drafting in the end of the second round, I might think about sacrificing picking up Gilberry. It’s a risky proposition for sure, but after seeing his knack for finding his way to the quarterback even in limited duty I think it would be one worth taking.