Chiefs Bring Back Reserve Tight End

The Kansas City Chiefs have already agreed to terms with one of their free agents, but it wasn’t WR Dwayne Bowe or CB Brandon Carr. They have, however, reportedly signed backup tight end Jake O’Connell to a one-year extension according to Mac’s Football Blog.

O’Connell was a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2009 and was scheduled to be a restricted free agent. Per the report, the tight end will earn $615,000 if he makes the team next season and has a $25,000 workout bonus. Even though he only appeared in eight games in 2011, he set career highs for receptions (7) and yards (52) while trying to fill the hole left by Tony Moeaki’s knee injury.

The 2009 draft class hasn’t exactly been stellar for GM Scott Pioli. O’Connell, DE Tyson Jackson, DB Donald Washington and K Ryan Succop are the only four from that eight-player class to still have any connection to the Chiefs.

He has yet to impress during his time in Kansas City, but with Moeaki’s status still uncertain it makes sense to keep someone around that knows what the organization expects from its players. It will be interesting to see if Anthony Becht and Leonard Pope, two Todd Haley guys, will also get offers to return for next season.

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