Chiefs first-round draft pick
Kansas City’s equipment staff assigned official jersey numbers to the Chiefs 2012 Draft Class and free agent signees on Tuesday. The 15 rookie free agents who signed with the team Monday afternoon have yet to have their numbers issued.
Several number changes for the 2012 season were also announced.
Veteran Free Agents
Routt keeps the same number he wore in Oakland. Wearing #26 for the Chiefs last season was RB Jackie Battle.
Hills keeps #40 after striking a deal with FB
Winston wore #73 in Houston, which currently belongs to the player slated to start next to him in RG
Boss wore #89 in New York before wearing #87 in Oakland. He’ll switch to #80 in Kansas City. WR Jon Baldwin wears #89 for the Chiefs, but #87 is currently unissued. The last Chiefs player to wear #80 was TE Cody Slate during the 2011 preseason.
Quinn wore #10 in Cleveland before switching to #9 in Denver. He’ll continue to wear #9 in Kansas City, which was last worn by WR Josue Paul during the 2011 preseason. WR
Reeves wore #35 in Houston and Dallas before joining the Chiefs. The last Chiefs player to wear #35 was S Ricky Price during the 2011 preseason.
Baker will slide into the jersey vacated by the free agency departure of CB Brandon Carr.
McCarthy wore #34 for the Broncos, but that jersey belongs to CB
Markshausen wore #5 for the Chiefs during training camp last season. The jersey number went unissued after he was released.
OL Lucas Patterson - #77
Patterson wore #74 last season, which will now be worn by T Eric Winston. The last Chiefs player to wear #77 was NT Kelly Gregg.
FB Shane Bannon - #38
Peyton Hillis must have cut a deal with Bannon. Hillis moves into Bannon’s #40 and Bannon will now wear #38. The last Chiefs players to wear #38 were FB Tervaris Johnson and DB Mario Russell during the 2011 preseason.
After wearing #12 on his practice jersey for the majority of 2011, Stanzi will make a permanent switch from #13 this year. The last player to wear #12 for the Chiefs was QB Brodie Croyle.
NT Dontari Poe - #92
Poe wore #74 in college, but it appears Eric Winston got first-dibs on that number in KC after striking a deal with OL Lucas Patterson. The last player to wear #92 for the Chiefs was DE Wallace Gilberry.
Allen keeps his college number. The last player to wear #71 for the Chiefs was T Jared Gaither.
At Oklahoma, Stephenson wore #59. LB
As if Wylie didn’t need any more Wes Welker comparisons? Now he’ll wear the same number. Wylie wore #7 at Fresno State, which is worn by QB
DB De’Quan Menzie - #49
Menzie wore #24 at Alabama, which currently belongs to CB
Gray wore #32 for the Aggies, but that number currently belongs to RB
Hemingway wore #21 at Michigan, but that number belongs to CB