The Chiefs just added another member to Sack Nation and he has championship pedigree.
The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday that the club has signed free agent defensive tackle Danny Shelton aka Feast Mode
The Chiefs weren’t done after adding Carlos Dunlap. The Chiefs have added another chess piece in the interior of Sack Nation. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reports that through his agent Drew Rosenhaus (who is Tyreek Hill’s and Dunlap’s agent as well) have signed Shelton aka Feast Mode to a one-year contract with the Chiefs.
Shelton (6-2, 345) has seen action in 100 games (72 starts) in seven NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2015-17), New England Patriots (2018-19), Detroit Lions (2020), and New York Giants (2021). The Auburn, Washington, native, originally entered the NFL as a first-round pick (12th overall) of the Browns in the 2015 NFL Draft. Shelton played collegiately at Washington. His NFL career numbers include 278 tackles (138 solo), 17 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks and 19 quarterback hits. He owns two passes defensed and a forced fumble.
Shelton spent 2017 in Gregg Williams’ Cleveland Browns Attacking 4-3 defense where he lined up mostly at the 3-Tech defensive tackle spot with occasional snaps at 0-Tech nose tackle and was asked to get upfield and attack his gap vs the run. Possesses solid size at 6’2” 345 with a thick frame and adequate arm length. Displays adequate athletic ability; very good balance with adequate foot speed, explosiveness and agility.
Good mental processing with the ability to quickly key run/pass, diagnose and react to run schemes and the awareness to react to screen plays well.
Shelton landed with the Patriots in 2018 via trade where he worked as a key backup during New England’s 2018 Super Bowl-winning season and was a starter for the team’s top-ranked defense in 2019. 2019 was in fact his strongest overall season. That year, he started 14 of the 16 games in which he played and registered a career-high 3.0 sacks, one forced fumble and 61 total tackles, along with two tackles for loss and six quarterback hits while playing just 49 percent of New England’s defensive snaps. He spent the first of his two years in Patriots-friendly systems, landing with former Pats defensive line coach Brendan Daly, now the Chiefs linebacker coach. They’re both reunited.
Although the veteran tackle would likely just be rotational depth, I am very excited we’ve added Danny to our defensive front. He’s a versatile player whose presence in the middle will allow us flexibility along the line. He’ll be a very good addition to our defensive line room. Not only because he’s returned with Daly but he’s going to work with one of the best defensive line coaches in Joe Cullen. Shelton is your prototypical two-down nose tackle that excels in run defense. Displays very good gap integrity and good block shedding with the size, strength and leverage to take on double-teams. That’s great news for Chris Jones, Frank Clark, Carlos Dunlap and rookie George Karlaftis. The veteran additions of Dunlap and Shelton will help other youngsters like Tershawn Wharton, Derrick Nnadi, and Khalen Saunders. This Chiefs Defensive line aka Sack Nation (Not Pressure Nation) is LOADED!
Danny Shelton links:
2019 Highlights- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti3HITRc_qI
2020 Highlights- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMBx2Z6iXkg
His Dogs give him a Purpose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J6R2GvEEcg