Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Saturday that the Chiefs have agreed to terms of a three-year deal with seventh-round draft pick (230th overall), DT Montique Sharpe. The Chiefs are the first team to agree to terms with all of their draft picks from the 2003 NFL Draft. Kansas City also agreed to terms of a one-year deal with NFL Europe DT Daniel Benetka. As per Chiefs policy, no further terms of the agreement were disclosed.
Kansas City heads to training camp today with a full complement of 91 players on its roster. In addition to the regular training camp roster limit of 80 players, the Chiefs have 10 exemptions for NFL Europe players, plus an additional exemption for an NFLEL National Player (Benetka). Those 11 exempted players may remain on the Chiefs roster until the final cut to 53 players on August 31st.
Sharpe (6-2, 296) was the first of the Chiefs two selections in the seventh round of the 2003 Draft. He played in 42 games (30 starts) for Wake Forest, totaling 122 tackles (70 solo), 7.0 sacks (-40.0 yards), four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, four passes defensed and one interception. Sharpe saw action in 13 games (11 starts) as a senior, recording 30 tackles (20 solo), 2.0 sacks (-15.0 yards), a forced and recovered fumble, one pass defensed and an interception.
The Washington, D.C. native was an all-metro defensive lineman and team MVP as a senior at Dunbar High School, where he was credited with 89 tackles and 16.0 sacks during his prep career.
Benetka (6-4, 295) has played the last three seasons (2001-03) for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe. He produced 39 tackles, 4.0 sacks, eight passes defensed, an interception and forced fumble. In 2003, Benetka saw action in 11 games (four starts) for the NFL Europe World Bowl Champion Frankfurt Galaxy. He recorded 20 tackles (17 solo), 3.0 sacks, one forced fumble and three passes defensed. He went to training camp with Indianapolis in 2001 and New England in 2002 after entering the NFL as a rookie free agent with San Francisco in 2000.
The German native is a product of the University of Idaho where he was a member of the track and field team. Benetka prepped at Gerhart Hauptman High School in Zwickau, Germany.