After a slight confusion over when Vance Walker signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, we can now confirm that the former Raiders defensive tackle will be wearing the Red and Gold this season.
Chiefs Fans!! Can’t wait 2 ball out in arrowhead, & take this division by force. Then, eat some KC barbecue. In that order. Hail 2 da Chiefs
— Vance Walker (@SwaggerVance99) March 15, 2014
This is good news, Kingdom. Walker is essentially Tyson Jackson without all the stigma, guaranteed money, and stench of Scott Pioli. From Pro Football Focus:
Chiefly a two down player capable of lining up at a variety of techniques his +4.0 grade was down on the +8.9 he managed in Atlanta but good enough to get him the longer term deal with guaranteed money he wanted. With Tyson Jackson out of town Walker will get a chance to fight for a starting spot in the teams base defense while serving as backup in their early downs dime package.
He notched 3 sacks last year and the year before, so he’s nothing if not consistent. Bob Sutton’s defense should prove positive for his production, seeing him line up in DE and DT.
According to Terez Paylor his contract is a three-year deal worth a maximum of $13 million, with $3.75 million guaranteed. That’s about a third of Tyson Jackson’s guaranteed money. That fact alone screams ‘upgrade’ at the position. Here are some kind words about the pickup on Twitter:
Early in my film study on Vance Walker, but I’ll say this: the guy plays his ass off. Good motor, plays to the whistle, runs to the ball. — Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 15, 2014
RT @JinxFootball: 32 Qb hurries last year, 5th for 4-3 DTs/3-4 NTs – played 200 less snaps than Poe and had 4 more hurries>>>bingo
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 15, 2014
And here are a few examples of his work, also from Twitter:
There you have it Chiefs fans. This seems to be a classic John Dorsey free agent signing. Under the radar, hard working, and a step up from what we had.
Also, if you get a chance, you should follow him on Twitter @SwaggerVance99. He’s a pretty funny guy.