Thursday, March 4, 2010
Vrabel gives Chiefs valuable leadership
By Bill Williamson
The Chiefs announced they have signed linebacker Mike Vrabel to a contract extension. Terms were not announced.
Vrabel, 34, was set to become an unrestricted free agent Friday.
The Chiefs signed Vrabel, who was acquired in a trade from New England last year, for his leadership ability. Kansas City is very young and Vrabel was good with the team’s young players last year.
He will also likely play extensively in 2010. He started 14 games and had 65 tackles for the Chiefs last year. Vrabel isn’t long for the league, but this is a good move for the Chiefs because of his leadership.
He played for new Kansas City defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel in New England. Vrabel will be able to help the other players on Kansas City’s defense adjust to Crennel’s schemes and approach.
Meanwhile, Kansas City gave the first-round tender to restricted free agent Derrick Johnson. That means the linebacker will likely stay with the team.
Johnson was in the team’s doghouse for much of last season, but he played his way out of it toward the end of the season. He had two interception returns for touchdowns in Kansas City’s upset win at Denver in the season finale. Kansas City also tendered safety Jarrad Page and center Rudy Niswanger.