The Kansas City Chiefs have come to terms with LB Mike Vrabel on a contract extension, the team announced today.
The Akron, Ohio native started 14 contests for Kansas City in 2009, producing 65 tackles (42 solo), 2.0 sacks (-11.0 yards), two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, six QB pressures and five passes defensed. He has appeared in 19 career postseason games (17 starts), registering 95 tackles (65 solo), 8.0 sacks (-58.0 yards), four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three passes defensed, as well as two TD catches.
Very interesting move by the Chiefs hours before free agency opens across the league (Vrabel’s deal is an extension since he wouldn’t have become an UFA until midnight). With the team almost certain to try and upgrade the inside and outside linebacker positions both in free agency and the draft we’ll have to see how Vrabel takes to the possibility that he no longer is a starter.
Last year, even with the “every position is a competition” mantra, there was never any doubt that Vrabel was a starter.
This year he has a clear leg up on anyone that comes in trying to take his job due to his leadership last season and his past relationship with defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. But at the same time he will be 35 when the season kicks off and the Chiefs defense desperately needs to improve their team speed.