Chiefs Still Looking For Depth on Defensive Line

After passing on Warren Sapp, the Chiefs continue to look for defensive line depth as they are expecting a visit from Washington Redskins defensive tackle Lionel Dalton on Thursday.

Two years ago the Chiefs were valiantly trying to sign Dalton to a new contract but he chose to re-sign with the Broncos before being shipped to the Washington Redskins in a sign and trade deal.

Last season for Washington, Dalton played in 14 games for the Redskins. He had only one sack and 11 solo tackles. It's clear if the Chiefs signed him to a contract that he would become part of a rotation of defensive players.

If Dalton signs with the Chiefs; this will be his fourth NFL team. He also played for the Baltimore Ravens as wells as the Broncos and Redskins.

In Other Chiefs News:

The Chiefs officially announced the signings of running back Derrick Blaylock, linebacker Monty Beisel and defensive tackle Eric Downing. All three players received one-year contracts from Kansas City and all could make an impact on the 2004 roster.

Derrick Blaylock showed great versatility in 2003 as he established himself as the back-up to Priest Holmes. Despite the fact the Chiefs invested their 2003 number one draft pick on running back Larry Johnson, Blaylock was impressive in beating out Johnson for the back-up job. Blaylock had been a target of the Chicago Bears and can be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Eric Downing has struggled the last two years under Greg Robinson's defense but that should change with the addition of Gunther Cunningham. Downing is a solid lineman who could be a solid back-up for the Chiefs. Downing has only been in the NFL three years and has never been able to crack the starting line-up. That won't likely happen in 2004.

Monty Beisel was the Chiefs second best special teams' performer in 2003. He was second to only Gary Stills in tackles but he made great strides at linebacker last season. He has the ability to cover tight ends and has sure hands. He's probably one of the Chiefs most sure handed tacklers and he could get significantly more playing time next season. After switching from defensive tackle, Beisel has made the adjustment back to linebacker.


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