Chiefs ink Jonathan Baldwin

July, 29, 2011
7/29/11
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The Kansas City Chiefs have announced they have signed receiver Jon Baldwin. The Pitt receiver was the No. 26 overall pick.

Baldwin is expected to star opposite Dwayne Bowe. Baldwin is a vertical threat that the team has high hopes for. He can start practicing immediately.

The Chiefs have upgraded their passing game with the addition of Baldwin and slot receiver Steve Breaston. The former Arizona receiver agreed to terms earlier this week.

Baldwin is the second 2011 first-round pick to sign in the AFC West. Denver’s Von Miller signed Thursday. Only San Diego’s Corey Liuget remains unsigned. Oakland signed its top pick, Stefen Wisniewski, and the rest of its draft class. Third-round pick Justin Houston is the Chiefs’ lone remaining unsigned draft pick.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs released 2008 third-round pick Brad Cottam. He suffered a serious vertebra injury in 2009 and he couldn’t come back from it.

In other AFC West nuggets on a predictably busy Friday:

ESPN’s John Clayton reports that the Broncos have more cap room than expected.

It doesn’t look like the Broncos are going to end up with Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane. I don’t think Denver wanted to give him the big money he wanted.

The Broncos are reportedly one of five teams that are trying to secure Houston standout fullback Vonta Leach. He has made it know he wants to stay with the Texans.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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