Just days after he departed Kansas City without a contract, free agent TE Martin Rucker says he has come to terms on a deal with the Chiefs. Rucker had participated in the Chiefs rookie mini-camp Friday and Saturday on a tryout basis before leaving town without taking part in Sunday’s final workout (only one tryout player made it onto the field Sunday).
The former All-American tight end at Missouri was originally a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2008. He played under Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel while in Cleveland before moving on to Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars.
During the mini-camp, Crennel talked about Rucker’s inability to stick in the league.
“He made a good effort with us while he was in Cleveland, but he wasn’t able to make an impact. As this tight end position – in colleges and in the NFL – transitions, sometimes guys get caught in between. I think that he was one of those tight ends who was a big tight end that was flexed out quite a bit, so I think sometimes the team you get with playing that position makes a difference.”
Rucker will look to stick on the roster as depth behind Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss.