According to multiple reports, including Adam Teicher of ESPN.com, The Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran corner back, Chris Owens.
#Chiefs have signed Chris Owens, a CB. Six years in NFL with Atlanta, Cleveland and Miami
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) March 21, 2014
Owens was drafted in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He’s seen limited time, only having started 14 games over the last 5 seasons. It would appear that Owens was added to the roster for quality depth, something the Chiefs are lacking at the corner back position.
Owens doesn’t exactly fit the trend of what corner backs look like these days. The Chiefs have Shaun Smith, who’s 6 feet 3 inches tall, followed by Marcus Cooper, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall. You would think by those measurements the Chiefs were trying to follow suit with bigger corners but, Owens suggests otherwise. Standing at only 5 feet 9 inches tall, he and Brandon Flowers are the two smallest corners on the Chiefs roster.
Like mentioned before, Owens is quality depth for the Chiefs and is likely going to play a big role in special teams. This is just speculation, but I believe Kansas City will be adding another corner from the draft. The Chiefs are very thin in the defensive backfield as a whole, so I see them trying to add another piece before training camp rolls around. Owens was the first step in adding that depth.