The Kansas City Chiefs added another part to their defense today when they signed veteran linebacker Zach Thomas, according to the KC Star.
Thomas will be 36 in September and has make seven trips to the Pro Bowl in his 13 NFL seasons, most recently in 2006 with the Dolphins. He started 14 games for the Cowboys last season and is the second veteran linebacker acquired by the Chiefs in recent weeks following the trade for Mike Vrabel from New England.
A fifth round pick by Miami out of Texas Tech in 1996, Thomas immediately became a starter for the Dolphins. He has been extremely durable during his career having only missed 24 games due to injury with 11 of those coming in one season in the wake of an auto accident.
This is the perfect type of player for a team that has been incredibly inexperienced the past two seasons. Just like Mike Goff on the offensive side of the ball, Thomas and Vrabel will serve as mentors to the young defensive players on the team and set an example off the field as well. This move could also help Derrick Johnson fully reach his potential. Thomas has always been known as a player to give 100% all the time and for a guy like Johnson that too often relies just on his natural abilities we could finally see everything come together for him. Also, if Aaron Curry is drafted by the Chiefs he will have two great players to emulate when going about his business.