The Kansas City Chiefs got back into the swing of “Transaction Tuesday” by signing free agent defensive end Ropati Pitoitua. The 6’8″ Pitoitua was released by the New York Jets last week after the team drafted DE Quinton Coples with their first round pick.
Pitoitua went undrafted out of Washington State in 2008 and made New York’s practice squad as a rookie free agent. He made the jump to the active roster in 2009, but missed all of 2010 with a torn achilles tendon, an injury that was covered in the Jets appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”.
After returning to the field last season, Pitoitua played in 14 games and recorded 19 tackles with one sack.
Along with backup offensive tackle David Mims, Pitoitua is the tallest Chiefs player.
It’s hard to gauge the chance of any fringe player this early in the offseason, but it’s hard to ignore a guy with this sort of unique size and speed.