After a quiet start to the free agency, the Kansas City Chiefs have acquired an outside player for the first time this offseason. According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter and confirmed by Yahoo Sports senior writer Terez Paylor, the Chiefs have agreed to terms on a deal with former New York Giants CB Antonio Hamilton.
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The 27-year-old cornerback and special teams ace apparently turned down more money for an opportunity to play with the defending Super Bowl champions. Hamilton originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina State, signing with the Oakland Raiders following the 2016 NFL Draft. Last season, the fifth-year pro appeared in all 16 games with New York, primarily in a reserve role, and compiled 17 total tackles and four pass deflections.
Besides being Kansas City’s first external free agent, Hamilton is also the Giants’ first unrestricted free agent to depart from the organization this offseason.
Chiefs Second Signing Also An Ex-Giants Player
Following closely behind the Hamilton announcement was a second reported signing, again by way of the Giants. According to multiple Chiefs reporters, including Paylor and ESPN’s Adam Teicher, Kansas City has also agreed to terms on a contract with ninth-year offensive lineman Mike Remmers.
The 30-year-old NFL veteran, who turns 31 on April 11, spent the 2019 season in New York where he started in all 14 games he dressed for. Despite having ties to eight organizations around the league dating back to 2012, Remmers has been a starter at nearly every one of his stops.
The 6’5,” 310-pound swing lineman, who originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos, has played in 79 career games (78 starts), including as a full-time starter for the Carolina Panthers (2014-16), Minnesota Vikings (2017-18), and Giants (2019) for the past six years. During that span, Remmers has been on the field for 4,801 offensive snaps and an additional 296 on special teams.
Given the current state of the Chiefs’ offensive line, Remmers currently slots in as a key reserve and spot starter in the event of an injury. However, with speculation surrounding G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif as a potential salary cap casualty or trade target, the Oregon State product may still receive an opportunity to compete for a starting spot by summer’s end.
Kansas City likely isn’t finished addressing their offensive interior after they also reportedly missed out on acquiring New Orleans Saints G/T Andrus Peat on Friday. Instead, the former first-round pick elected to re-sign with his current squad on a five-year extension worth up to $57.5 million.
Overall, Remmers makes for a quality signing to help offset the loss of Stefen Wisniewski, who on Thursday agreed to a two-year, $2.85 million deal closer to home with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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