Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Goff likely to start for Chiefs
By Len Pasquarelli
The Kansas City Chiefs added valuable depth and perhaps a starter to their interior offensive line on Wednesday, reaching a contract agreement with unrestricted free-agent guard Mike Goff, who played the past five years with the San Diego Chargers.
Goff, according to a source, agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract that will play him a little more than $1.7 million in 2009.
Goff, 33, was one of the last starting-caliber players at any position, especially the offensive line, remaining in the unrestricted pool. He can play center or guard, but has started mostly at right guard for the Chargers. The former Iowa star likely will start for the Chiefs, and should help the team address several pending line problems.
Starting guard Brian Waters has indicated he will not play for new coach Todd Haley, and what was one of the NFL's best and most consistent units for several seasons has been in flux the past two years.
A third-round choice of Cincinnati in 1998, Goff played his first six seasons with the Bengals, before signing with the Chargers in 2004.
The 11-year veteran has been a starter since the 2000 season. He has started in all 16 games each of the past six seasons. Goff started all 16 games on eight occasions during his career and has not missed a game in six seasons.
In all, he has played in 163 games, with 140 starts.
Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com. Information from ESPN.com's John Clayton was used in this report.