It was announced on Thursday afternoon that the Kansas City Chiefs had signed strong safety Steve Gregory. David Canter (Gregory’s agent) broke the news via Twitter, and he also mentioned that the Chiefs’ timing couldn’t have been better.
Apparently Gregory was set to sign with another team when he got the one-year offer from the Chiefs. He wisely chose Kansas City over the team with which he was about to sign. While we don’t know which team that was, we do know the Chiefs’ secondary is in shambles and Gregory has a great chance to make the team.
It was also announced on Thursday that Sanders Commings, who was supposed to compete for the starting free safety position, would require surgery for his broken ankle. But even without Commings set to miss significant time, Gregory would’ve been a great pickup for Kansas City.
The eight-year veteran brings experience and depth to a secondary that needs both desperately. Eric Berry and Husain Abdullah will very likely be the starting safeties. Behind them on the depth chart were Jerron McMillian, Daniel Sorensen and Malcolm Bronson.
McMillian was a reserve with the Green Bay Packers who has 42 career tackles. Sorensen is an undrafted rookie, and Bronson has yet to make a tackle in the NFL. Gregory brings 111 games and 54 career starts of experience to the Chiefs’ very inexperienced reserve safeties.
His leadership alone should almost be enough to make the Chiefs’ 53-man roster. Kansas City got very lucky to snag Gregory. After him, there is a serious lack of available free-agent options at safety.