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Chiefs Sign Chargers Linebacker Drue Tranquill

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, right, is sacked by Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill (49) during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

By Nick Athan

When you dominate your division like the Kansas City Chiefs have done the last seven years in the AFC West, eventually some of the division’s best players want to play for the big dog in the AFC West. On Friday afternoon, the Chiefs signed standout Los Angeles Chargers standout Linebacker, Drue Tranquill.

The former Charger was one of the biggest cogs in LA’s defense last season. In 2022, the 27-year-old defender amassed 144 tackles (95 solo), 5.5 sacks, and 4 pass breakups. Even though the Chiefs are solid at linebacker with the trio of Willie Gay, Leo Chenel, and Nick Bolton. Adding Tranquill adds depth and play-making abilities. His addition gives defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo another veteran player who is outstanding against the run and has the ability to sack opposing quarterbacks.

Though Tranquill signed a one-year, $3M deal, it’s possible with a good season, his stay in Kansas City could be longer. After the 2023 season, starting linebacker, Willie Gay can become a free agent. So this move might be to buffer that potential loss a year from now. Either way, Tranquill is a tackling machine who parlayed his best season with a chance to win a Super Bowl in Kansas City. The Chargers showed little interest in retaining him, so he jumped at the chance to sign with Kansas City. In the deal, Kansas City added incentives that could push the overall value of the contract to $5M.


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