The Kansas City Chiefs have signed DTs Kenny Smith and Marlon Favorite, the team announced today.
The 32 year old Smith was signed to the 53-man roster and the 23 year old Favorite to the practice squad.
Smith was drafted in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He played in 30 games for the Saints and recorded 69 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Smith attended training camp with the Patriots in 2007-08 and also spent time with the Oakland Raiders.
Favorite signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent after the 2009 Draft and was released after training camp. He played at LSU with current Chiefs defensive linemen Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson. While at LSU Favorite appeared in 30 games, registering 78 tackles and 4 sacks.
I love the addition of Favorite. The man is huge (6-1, 317) and playing alongside Dorsey and Jackson again will only help his progress. Even if he never turns out to be anything, it’s the practice squad. Not exactly hurting you to take a look at him for a year.
As for Smith… I think I’d rather throw Favorite into the fire. By all accounts Smith hasn’t appeared in a game since 2003 when he was in New Orleans. That year he had a respectable 42 tackles in 15 games. But that was 1993! For a team looking for the right fit going forward, I’m not sure why you want a 32 year old that can’t stay healthy along for that ride.