KC Chiefs: Tanoh Kpassagnon is a good depth piece for the Saints

Tanoh Kpassagnon #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Tanoh Kpassagnon #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The KC Chiefs have lost another player, as Tanoh Kpassagnon is headed to the New Orleans Saints on a two-year deal. This is a nice landing spot for Kpassagnon. 

There hadn’t been any rumors swirling regarding Kansas City Chiefs wanting to retain Tanoh Kpassagnon and now he’s off to the Saints on a two-year deal.

The Chiefs drafted Kpassagnon in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Villanova and it took some time for the Wildcat product to make much of an impact. He was mostly ineffective in his first two seasons, but year three was when the Chiefs finally started to see some potential from their second-rounder.

Kpassagnon started a career-high 15 games in 2020 and became a bigger piece in the Chiefs’ defense. He finished the season with 28 tackles and one sack while also tallying four quarterback hits.

Former KC Chiefs defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon will be put right to work in New Orleans.

The Saints lost star defender Trey Hendrickson to the Bengals this offseason and he’s going to be tough to replace. They have Marcus Davenport and Carl Granderson on their roster, but Kpassagnon is someone who gives them yet another decent option to help fill the void that Hendrickson is leaving.

It feels like Chiefs Kingdom never got to see everything Kpassagnon could bring to the table. The Chiefs obviously liked him enough to take him in the second round four years ago but a slow start to his career wasn’t ideal, though we knew going in that it would take some time for him to be a huge part of the defense.

Kpassagnon had four sacks in 2019 and really was heating up for Kansas City. He’s only going to be 27 years old when the 2021 season kicks off and should be able to make some noise on that Saints defense, one that is going to have to be leaned on more heavily now that Drew Brees is retired and the offense might take a few steps back.

It isn’t surprising to see Kpassagnon sign elsewhere, as he hadn’t been linked to returning to Kansas City. The Chiefs saw Tershawn Wharton make a huge splash as a rookie and he’ll likely be given more snaps in 2021 and will fill Kpassagnon’s former role.

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Best of luck to Tanoh Kpassagnon as he takes his talents to the Big Easy!