The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with the first of their seven draft picks, signing S Kendrick Lewis.
Lewis (6-0, 198) was the first of Kansas City’s two fifth-round selections (136th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. He appeared in 44 games (38 starts) at Mississippi, producing 226 tackles (140 solo), six interceptions, 18 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He also registered 10.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks (-34.0 yards) and two blocked kicks. He also recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown.
According to Mac’s Football Blog, Lewis’ deal is likely for one year less than the players taken before and after him in the draft.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed, though the Chiefs emulate the “Pittsburgh model”, and sign their mid-to-late draft choices to three-year contracts. As such, Lewis’ contract is likely in the $1.37 million dollar range, with a signing bonus of around $155,000.
I know the most important thing is to have all players signed before camp, but it was getting a little nerve racking to have the Chiefs part of a small group of teams not to have any of their picks locked up.
There was never any doubt Lewis’ deal would get done. And there’s little to no chance that the other players not named Berry are absent when training camp starts. The issue with waiting so long to get your later round picks signed is that it likely pushes Berry’s deal closer and closer to that first practice in St. Joseph.