Before free agency opens next month, the Kansas City Chiefs will try to re-sign some of the dozen players set to hit the market. They started that process off by inking a new deal with the least known — but one of the most important — players.
Long snapper Thomas Gafford and the team have agreed to terms on a one year deal that will pay him $730,000. Keeping the special team standout in Kansas City means one of the longest tenured players will be with the Chiefs for at least one more season.
Gafford joined the Chiefs back in 2008, playing in nine games. He then took over as the unquestioned long snapper in 2009 and has played in all 16 games each of the past five seasons. He’s managed to stick around despite playing for three different general managers and four head coaches.
Along with his solid resume, Gafford also has a connection to Chiefs GM John Dorsey. Though he never appeared in a regular season game with them, Gafford spent time with the Green Bay Packers while Dorsey worked in the front office in 2006 and 2008. He also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears before landing with the Chiefs.