Abram Elam gives Chiefs insurance

June, 4, 2012
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The Kansas City Chiefs got their veteran safety.

The team announced Monday that it had inked safety Abram Elam. He started all 16 games last season for Dallas and had 68 tackles.

The veteran visited Kansas City two weeks ago. The Chiefs earlier took a look at veteran safeties O.J. Atogwe and Yeremiah Bell. Elam will likely be the third safety, although he could push starter Kendrick Lewis.

The Elam signing continues a trend Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli has followed of adding depth. As he did with running back Jamaal Charles and tight end Tony Moeaki, Pioli gave safety Eric Berry some injury insurance in the form of Elam. Charles, Moeaki and Berry are all coming off torn ACLs. All three players are expected to return, but Pioli brought in players at each position just in case one of them has a setback. Pioli added running back Peyton Hillis and tight end Kevin Boss.

Like Elam, Hillis and Boss will be complementary players if the starters stay healthy. Overall, I like the Elam signing. He is a serviceable veteran with experience and those types of players always help rosters.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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