The Kansas City Chiefs will kick off their rookie minicamp Saturday and they’ll have three players joining them with fresh contracts.
Monday afternoon the team announced they’ve come to terms with undrafted free agents FB James Baker, C Ben Gottschalk and K Cairo Santos. The three will join the Chiefs draft class, previously signed undrafted free agents as well as a crop of players in Kansas City on a tryout basis this weekend as the Chiefs start trying to put their 2014 roster together.
Baker comes to the Chiefs as a fullback, but was Idaho’s leading rusher last season with 617 yards and six touchdowns, including a 150 yard outburst against Arkansas State. Though he only caught eight passes, three of those went for touchdowns. If he sticks around until training camp, he’ll be competing with returning starter Anthony Sherman and linebacker turned fullback Jordan Campbell.
Gottschalk brings impressive versatility to minicamp. As a junior at SMU, he started all 12 games at left tackle, before moving inside as a senior and once again starting in every game. As the Chiefs attempt to replace the three linemen lost in free agency, they’ll be looking for multiple players that can help all along the line.
Santos will be with the team simply as a someone to kick during minicamp. Ryan Succop is locked in as the Chiefs starter and the team isn’t going to keep two kickers for long. The Tulane star could give GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid a player to remember if something happens to Succop. He’s fresh off a fantastic career at Tulane, where he won the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker award as a junior and was a semifinalist this past season.