Chiefs Sign Free Agent Corner Benny Sapp

The Chiefs wanted to draft a quality cornerback over the weekend but instead chose to fill other needs. <I>Warpaint Illustrated</I> has learned the Chiefs have agreed to a free agent deal with Northern Iowa cornerback Benny Sapp.

The once troubled Iowa Hawkeye defensive back is the cousin of Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp. Benny Sapp started his collegiate career at the University of Iowa but an off the field incident resulted in him being released from his scholarship.

He quickly signed up with Northern Iowa and turned his life and career around. He's a solid corner with great speed, he lacks size and needs to learn to be more aggressive in bump and run coverage.

He's a solid special teams performer and could make an impact on that unit for the Chiefs and serve as a back-up to Dante Hall.

He's only 5' 9" tall and his 40 times were average at best but he can play faster. He closes on defenders well and when focused could be an outstanding nickel back in the NFL.

The Chiefs wanted to upgrade their depth in the secondary and though he's a long shot he has shown the ability to make plays in the secondary. Over the past two seasons, he intercepted six passes and was one of teams top tacklers. He recorded 87 tackles and broke up 30 passes since he joined Northern Iowa before the start of the 2002 season.


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