Within minutes of defeating the Chicago Bears on Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs must have seen something at the cornerback position that forced them to pull the trigger to acquire, Kenneth Acker from the San Francisco 49ers.
The former 2014 sixth round pick from SMU didn’t play his rookie season because of a foot injury. However, in 2015, Acker started 13 games for 49ers recording 63 tackles and nabbing three interceptions. Ultimately, he lost his starting spot in week 14, but based on the current state of things in San Francisco, that hardly means anything these days.
For the Chiefs, the ultimately sacrifice to acquire Acker was a 7th round pick in 2018. His addition to the roster, and it’s a lock he’ll make the final 53, could signal the end for a pair of veteran Chiefs cornerbacks.
Considering the Chiefs have drafted five cornerbacks, (Marcus Peters, Steven Nelson, KeiVarae Russell, D.J. White and Eric Murray) in the last two years, the Chiefs have officially overhauled that position on their roster. That means veterans, Marcus Cooper and Jamell Fleming, will likely get the boot when final roster cuts are made next Saturday.
Against the Bears on Sunday, Phillip Gaines returned to the field but wasn’t tested by Chicago Quarterback, Jay Cutler. Even though Acker brings starting experience to the Chiefs, Gaines will be teamed up with Marcus Peters as the opening day starters at the cornerback position.
This move should help Defensive Coordinator, Bob Sutton, shuttle out his nickel packages this season, thanks to the addition of Acker. With Nelson showing signs of maturity on the field, and sixth round pick D.J. White, emerging as a solid contributor this season, KC’s young secondary is now a step deeper at the cornerback position than it was heading into their third pre-season game.
Since his arrival some three years ago, Dorsey has enjoyed adding players from the 49ers and Seattle Seahawks onto his rosters in Kansas City. However, this move is hardly a surprise for Dorsey, since he identified cornerback as an area that needed a significant upgrade when he arrived in town with Head Coach, Andy Reid.
Acker is expected to join the Chiefs Sunday and should be on the field Thursday Night, when the Kansas City Chiefs face the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium to conclude the exhibition season.