Now Chiefs go to work on DL depth

May, 20, 2014
May 20
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A day after adding offensive line depth with the signing of veteran tackle J'Marcus Webb, the Kansas City Chiefs threw three big bodies into the mix on the defensive line. They signed veterans Kyle Love, who played briefly for the Chiefs last year before being released, and Jermelle Cudjo, who played three seasons as a backup with the St. Louis Rams.

The Chiefs added a third defensive lineman by signing Notre Dame's Kona Schwenke, an undrafted free agent.

It's possible none of these three players will make the roster once the regular season begins. But the Chiefs are light on the defensive line so having some additional bodies isn't a bad thing. The Chiefs are set in the starting lineup with nose tackle Dontari Poe and ends Mike DeVito and Vance Walker. Allen Bailey is a capable reserve and Mike Catapano has pass-rush possibilities.

Otherwise, the opportunity to win a roster spot is there for the others currently on the roster. It's to their benefit for the Chiefs to identify a nose tackle who can provide a little bit of rest for Poe, who played a high percentage of the defensive snaps.

The Chiefs carried developmental prospect Jaye Howard on their active roster all of last season even though he rarely played, so obviously he has some potential they feel they can unlock. But the Chiefs may keep more than six linemen and now have widened the net in their hope of finding one.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs released two developmental prospects, defensive lineman Cory Grissom and linebacker Ridge Wilson.

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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