Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has seen his fair share of former Chiefs players join his team since leaving Kansas City. The latest is on the offensive side of the ball: center Rudy Niswanger, per his agent.
Cunningham won’t be the only former coach of Niswanger on the staff in Detroit. George Yarno, the Lions offensive line coach, held the same title at LSU during Niswanger’s time on campus.
Niswanger previously spent his entire five-year career with the Chiefs. He appeared in 56 games over that time, starting 31. He took over for Casey Wiegmann at center after the veteran left for the Denver Broncos and then lost a competition with him after he returned to Kansas City last season. Niswanger was an unrestricted free agent.
In Detroit he will likely sit behind Dominic Raiola, who has started every game he has appeared in for the Lions over the last nine seasons.
It’s good to see Niswanger finally find a team. He’s a tough as nails worker that will be a great addition to the Lions locker room as the team tries to take a similar step forward that the Chiefs took last year.