10 Biggest Free Agent Signings in Kansas City Chiefs History

The 10 Biggest Free Agent Signings in Kansas City Chiefs History

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The free-agent market is officially open, and the Kansas City Chiefs don’t have a lot of money to spend. Fans of the team shouldn’t chalk up this offseason as loss just yet. The franchise has a storied history of finding great players at a bargain. Most of the players on this list flew under the radar when they came to Kansas City, but a couple did make headlines. Let’s take a look at the biggest free-agent additions in Chiefs history.

10. DB James Hasty, 1995

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10. DB James Hasty, 1995

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Hasty had six very productive years with Kansas City, compiling 404 tackles, and 21 interceptions with the team. He was selected to the Pro bowl twice, and made All-Pro once.

9. FB Kimble Anders, 1991

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9. FB Kimble Anders, 1991

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Anders played his entire 10-year career with Kansas City and made the Pro bowl three times. He was consistently underrated, and a very productive pass-catcher and runner for a player at his position.

8. K Nick Lowery, 1980

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8. K Nick Lowery, 1980

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A seven-time All Pro selection, Lowery was easily the best kicker of his generation. He spent 14 years with the Chiefs, and kicked two game-winning field goals in the postseason during his tenure.

7. FB Tony Richardson, 1995

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7. FB Tony Richardson, 1995

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T-Rich was a huge free agency bargain for the Chiefs. The two-time All Pro spent 10 years in Kansas City, and cleared paths for Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson during their best seasons.

6. RB Marcus Allen, 1993

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6. RB Marcus Allen, 1993

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Allen’s veteran leadership was priceless for the Chiefs. In five season with the team, he put up very impressive numbers (4,851 total yards, 47 total TDs), especially when you consider he played with Kansas City from the ages of 33 to 37.

5. G Brian Waters, 2000

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5. G Brian Waters, 2000

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Waters was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys as a tight end and full back 1999, but he was released during training camp. The Chiefs picked him up in 2000 as a project and he responded with five Pro Bowl seasons in 11 years with the team.

4. SS Deron Cherry, 1981

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4. SS Deron Cherry, 1981

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Cherry was originally signed by Kansas City as an undrafted-rookie punter in 1981, but was cut in the preseason. The Chiefs brought him back later that year as a safety, and Cherry would go on to intercept 50 passes in 11 years with the team, and make All Pro five times.

3. RB Priest Holmes, 2001

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3. RB Priest Holmes, 2001

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The Baltimore Ravens dropping Holmes in favor of Jamaal Lewis was an incredibly fortunate event for the Chiefs. The three-time All Pro is the franchise leader in rushing yards and touchdowns. Before his bum hip cut his career short, Holmes had three-straight seasons with over 2,000 yards from scrimmage, and he compiled 66 total touchdowns in those years alone.

2. CB Emmitt Thomas, 1966

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2. CB Emmitt Thomas, 1966

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Thomas’ list of accomplishments is too long so I’ll just name a few highlights. He’s a Pro Football Hall of Famer, the Chiefs’ all-time interceptions leader (58), and he was an integral part of Kansas City’s 1969 Super Bowl championship team. Not too bad for an undrafted rookie.

1. QB Len Dawson, 1962 (Dallas Texans)

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1. QB Len Dawson, 1962 (Dallas Texans)

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Dawson had an amazing Hall of Fame career, but he could’ve earned No. 1 on this list for his 1969 season alone. After going down in the second game with what was thought to be a season-ending knee injury, Dawson came back five games later. He then led the Chiefs in two road playoff wins, and eventually took MVP honors in the franchise’s only Super Bowl win. The Cleveland Browns’ castoff was easily the most important free agent in Chiefs history.


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