The Kansas City Chiefs will have Jovan Belcher back in 2012 after the LB signed his restricted free agent tender for $1.927 million. The team tendered Belcher at the second-round level, so while he was free to sign a deal with another team, the Chiefs would have received a second-round pick if they let him go.
Belcher was undrafted out of Maine in 2009 and has managed to play in every single game during his three years with the Chiefs. He started every game in 2011 and 31 of 32 over the last two seasons.
Even if the free agent market wasn’t extremely soft for inside linebackers, no team was going to give up a second-round pick for Belcher. He will show up to camp ready to compete with Brandon Siler for playing time next to Derrick Johnson.
Siler missed all of last season with an achilles injury after being signed as a free agent.
Expect to see the Chiefs add at least one more serious contender to challenge Belcher, with the No. 11 pick in April’s draft the perfect opportunity.
The only outstanding tender for Kansas City is the franchise tag used on Dwayne Bowe.