The Chiefs re-signed their entire practice squad to reserve/future contracts on Wednesday morning. Of the eight players signed, five have seen time on Kansas City’s 53-man roster over the past two seasons.
Here’s a look at each of Kansas City’s signees, in order of games played.
LB Pierre Walters (3 games played): After spending all of 2009 on the Chiefs active roster, Walters was a member of the Kansas City’s practice squad in 2010. The former 4-3 collegiate defensive end originally made the team in 2009 as a rookie free agent out of Eastern Illinois, transitioning into a 3-4 outside linebacker at the NFL level.
In 2009, Walters was inactive for 13 games and played in three. He produced a tackle on defense and a special teams stop in his NFL debut at Oakland (11/15).
DL Dion Gales (3 games played): Gales spent all of 2010 on the Chiefs practice squad after playing in three games and producing three tackles in 2009. He originally signed with the Chiefs as a rookie free agent out of Troy in 2009 and spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad prior to a late season promotion. He was also inactive for one game as a rookie.
WR Jeremy Horne (3 games played): An undrafted rookie out of UMass, Horne made the Chiefs Opening Day roster following an impressive training camp. He played in three games this season, mainly on special teams, and was inactive for two games.
Horne was released on October 23rd to make room for the promotion of practice squad WR Verran Tucker. Horne joined the Chiefs practice squad on October 27th and remained there for the rest of 2010.
G Darryl Harris (1 game played): In his second year with the Chiefs, Harris began training camp running with the first team at left guard while Brian Waters nursed a preseason injury. Harris later fell to an injury of his own (knee) and spent the entire 2010 season on Kansas City’s practice squad.
Harris originally joined the Chiefs in 2009 as an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi. He spent the majority of his rookie season on the team’s practice squad before a promotion for the final three games of the season. In those three games, Harris played in one and was inactive for two.
LB Micah Johnson (1 game played): An undrafted rookie out of Kentucky, Johnson played in one game with the Miami Dolphins this season before joining the Chiefs practice squad on December 8th.
LB Justin Cole (0 games played): Inactive for 11 games this season, Cole made the team as a rookie free agent out of San Jose State. He was on Kansas City’s active roster until December 1st, when he was released to make room for the addition of CB Mike Richardson. Cole joined the Chiefs practice squad on December 3rd.
OL Bobby Greenwood (0 games played): Greenwood has spent two full seasons on the Chiefs practice squad; one as a defensive lineman and one as an offensive lineman. Greenwood made the shift from offensive to defensive line during training camp in 2010. He originally signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted rookie out of Alabama in 2009.
TE Cody Slate (0 games played): Slate found himself on the Chiefs training camp roster, but was released prior to the start of the regular season. Originally signing with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall, Slate resurfaced on the practice squad January 5th.
Once the Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs, the club had an exclusive seven-day negotiating window with each of its practice squad players. After seven days, the eight members of Kansas City’s practice squad would have been free to negotiate with the rest of the NFL’s 31 franchises.
Last year, the Chiefs signed five players to reserve/future contracts. Of those five, two currently remain with the Chiefs; Greenwood and CB Jackie Bates.
Bates played in two games (one start) this season, and was inactive for nine contests, before going on injured reserve with a knee injury December 8th. Bates’ most extensive action came in a starting role at Seattle in place of an injured Brandon Flowers.