De'Anthony Thomas latest KC pick to sign

May, 16, 2014
May 16
I've already told you I think Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas has the best chance among the Kansas City Chiefs' six draft picks to be a big immediate contributor. Not that this was a concern given the rate at which draft picks are signing this year, but Thomas will be with the Chiefs when training camp begins. He became the fourth draft pick to sign his contract, joining third-round cornerback Phillip Gaines of Rice and two sixth-round offensive linemen, Zach Fulton of Tennessee and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of McGill.

First-round linebacker Dee Ford of Auburn and fifth-round quarterback Aaron Murray of Georgia are unsigned.

Thomas is world-class fast, and the Chiefs have openings to accommodate his speed and big-play ability as both a kickoff and punt returner and a slot receiver. The other draft picks have established veterans blocking their path toward immediate playing time.

Thomas was the Chiefs' fourth-round draft pick, No. 124 overall. Based on the contract signed by the 124th pick from last year, Houston defensive lineman Trevardo Williams, Thomas's deal is for four years and worth about $2.5 million, including a signing bonus of about $400,000.

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter



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