Aug 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Cory Grissom (67) attempts to tackle Philadelphia Eagles running back Matthew Tucker (39) during the second half of a preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots won 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Free Agency: Kansas City Chiefs Sign Defensive Tackle, Cory Grissom


According to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star, the Kansas City Chiefs have signed free agent defensive tackle, Cory Grissom.

Grissom provides solid depth at defensive tackle, something the Chiefs desperately need considering Dontari Poe played over 1,000 snaps last season. According to Pro Football Focus, that was more snaps than any other player at the position in the league in 2013.

Grissom, 23, is listed at 6’1 and 316 pounds and fits the mold that the Chiefs have been shopping for since the start of free agency. He’s young and cheap and is expected to be a bit of a project player with tremendous upside. The New England Patriots took out a flyer on Grissom last season after he went undrafted and signed as a rookie free agent. He only played in their first three pre-season games before suffering an ankle injury that landed him on the injured reserve list.

The Patriots released him on March 10th, and John Dorsey saw Grissom as a fit, for now. Grissom might just be signed as a “camp body” for when July rolls around. The Chiefs currently have 5 defensive tackles signed to the roster in Dontari Poe, Vance Walker, Risean Broussard, Chas Alecxih, and Jaye Howard. Vance Walker is projected to play out as a defensive end, replacing Tyson Jackson as the other end in their 3-4 scheme so there is a shot that Grissom could be the other guy behind Poe.

Grissom has an opportunity to make the roster and Kansas City could use the depth. Hopefully he can stay healthy for longer than just three preseason games this year.

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