Vance Walker signs with Chiefs

Updated: March 14, 2014, 8:02 PM ET
By Adam Teicher | ESPN.com

The Kansas City Chiefs added another free agent Friday by signing defensive lineman Vance Walker to a three-year contract worth a maximum of $13.75 million. He is guaranteed at least $3.75 million.

The Chiefs needed to replace Tyson Jackson, a starting defensive end for the past five years. Jackson signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons. The Chiefs had been shopping for a replacement and intended to visit with Red Bryant before he signed with Jacksonville.

Look for Walker to claim Jackson's starting spot. Walker was in demand. He had plans to visit with the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers if he had left Kansas City without a Chiefs contract.

The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Walker is a five-year NFL veteran. He spent his first four seasons with the Falcons, mostly as a backup. He moved last season to the Oakland Raiders and started 15 games with three sacks.

The Chiefs previously signed as free agents Houston linebacker Joe Mays and Indianapolis offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach.

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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