Three former Kansas City Chiefs defensive linemen, all draft disappointments, have found new homes.
The first to come off the board was Junior Siavii, who re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Chiefs fans don’t want to hear this, but Siavii is a fantastic story. The second-round pick only spent two disappointing seasons in Kansas City before falling out of the NFL and having to undergo microfracture surgery.
Siavii resurfaced with the Dallas Cowboys in 2009, before having a career year last season for the Seahawks. His 30 tackles in 2010 were twice as many as he had during his entire stay in Kansas City.
Joining Siavii in Seattle will be former Chiefs first-round pick Ryan Sims. After playing in Kansas City for five seasons, the Chiefs traded the defensive tackle to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2007 season, where he spent parts of four seasons before being released last year.
Marty Schottenheimer had just drafted Sims in the UFL draft, but (if that league even manages to hang around) will have to wait and see if he hangs on with the Seahawks.
The latest of the former Chiefs defensive linemen to sign a new is DE Turk McBride, landing with the New Orleans Saints. Another second-round pick that was never able to establish himself in Kansas City, he was a casualty of the Todd Haley regime switching from a 4-3 to 3-4 defense. When his transition to an OLB didn’t go smoothly, the Chiefs waived McBride, leading him to reunite with his former defensive coordinator, Gunther Cunningham.
Last season, his second with the Lions, McBride started eight games and recorded a career-high five sacks to go along with 33 tackles.