The Kansas City Chiefs have signed unrestricted free agent center Eric Ghiaciuc. The 6-foot-4, 303 pound Ghiaciuc made 42 starts for Cincinnati from 2005-08 after being drafted in the fourth round by the Bengals in 2005. The Bengals drafted center Jonathan Luigs of Arkansas in the fourth round Sunday.
The Oxford, Michigan native played his college ball at Central Michigan and started his final 35 games, blocking for a 1,000-yard rusher each of his last three seasons. While at CMU, Ghiaciuc was an Industrial Education major and graduated with a 3.30 GPA.
The other centers on the Chiefs’ roster are Wade smith and Rudy Niswanger, a four-year veteran who started 15 games last season for Kansas City.
I’ve talked to some Bengals fans tonight that aren’t sad to see Ghiaciuc go since the Bengals ranked 26th, 24th and 29th the last three years in rushing. But to me it seems pretty shortsighted to lay all the problems of your offensive line at the feet of your center. To me it sounds like the Chiefs are going to have quite the battle for the starting center spot in training camp. I’m sure Niswanger will put up a heck of a fight, but Ghiaciuc seems to fit the Pioli mold of a big, strong, tough, smart football player. What I don’t look forward to is trying to type and say his name throughout the season.