Kansas City Chiefs: Kyle Love

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.
The NFL will hand out in 2016 $3.46 million in performance-based pay to Kansas City Chiefs players from last season. The system is designed to get money into the pockets of lower-paid players who got a lot of snaps and, in theory at least outperformed their contracts.

Rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper was the big winner among Chiefs players. Cooper will receive $253,736 in addition to his league-minimum $405,000 salary he received from the Chiefs last year.

Cooper was a nice find for the Chiefs last year. A seventh-round draft pick by San Francisco, Cooper was placed on waivers by the 49ers just days before the start of the regular season. The Chiefs claimed him and it didn't take Cooper long to become the third cornerback.

His strong play was no small factor in Kansas City's 9-0 start. Cooper's play faltered down the stretch, one reason the Chiefs wound up winning just two of their last eight games. But the performance-based pay system is designed to take care of players like Cooper and in this case at least, it worked.

Other Chiefs who will eventually collect a big check under this system include safety Quintin Demps ($193,180), tight end Sean McGrath ($185,734) and wide receiver Junior Hemingway ($182,389).

Everybody who played in a game for the Chiefs last season will receive some extra money. Linebacker Tamba Hali received more than $15 million last year from the Chiefs in salary and bonuses, but he will pick up an extra $7,540. Defensive lineman Kyle Love, who joined the Chiefs at midseason and played in one game before being released, will get $568. Tight end Travis Kelce, who was in uniform for only the season-opening game in Jacksonville before a knee injury ended his season, gets $209.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Given the way he played during the preseason, nose tackle Jerrell Powe looked like he would make the Kansas City Chiefs' regular season roster as a backup to Dontari Poe. So it was a surprise shortly before the start of the regular season when Powe was released.

The Chiefs changed their mind on Powe Tuesday when he was re-signed. They released defensive tackle Kyle Love, who had only joined the Chiefs last month. Love was a healthy scratch for last week's game against the Denver Broncos.

The Chiefs can't have big plans for Powe, not the way they use Poe. He rarely comes out of the game, so Powe may have little or nothing to do unless Poe is injured. Powe could even be inactive for Sunday's game against the Redskins in Washington.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With two starting defensive linemen injured and not practicing on Wednesday, the Kansas City Chiefs wasted no time in getting newly acquired Kyle Love into the playing mix.

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The Chiefs are looking at Love, signed as a free agent on Tuesday, mostly as nose tackle relief for Dontari Poe. But he could wind up getting some snaps at end on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium.

Neither Mike DeVito (sprained knee) nor Tyson Jackson (strained abdomen) practiced on Wednesday. If one player or both isn’t available against the Chargers, Love could get some of their snaps, along with Allen Bailey.

“He’s done both,’’ coach Andy Reid said of Love, who started 25 games over the past two seasons for the Patriots. “In New England they kind of moved him back and forth.

“He’s got playing experience, which helps.’’

Love has Type 2 diabetes but said the medical condition is under control and won’t present him any problems. The Chiefs, after examining Love on Tuesday, agreed.

"[Trainer Rick Burkholder] and our docs felt that wasn’t an issue right now,’’ Reid said. “His weight had been up and it was an issue but he’s got that under control."

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