Darche in, Gammon out

So much for the notion that the Chiefs were going to idly stand by in free agency this year. They struck again on Wednesday when they agreed to a four-year deal with deep snapper Jean-Philippe Darche.



Darche played six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks prior to a three-year stint with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.

The Chiefs have made adding youth a priority. Though Darche is in his early 30's, he's at the top of his game.

He gathered both playoff and Super Bowl experience while in Seattle so he's used to pressure situations. He's strong and has the ability to get downfield and make a tackle on special teams.

But his price is steep because it means the end of the Kendall Gammon era in Kansas City.

Gammon's career is well-documented, from growing up in central Kansas to playing for NAIA Pittsburgh State. He's had a marvelous career with the Chiefs.

His work ethic, attitude and professionalism on the field will be missed by everyone who watched him snap the ball in Kansas City over the last six seasons. He's been one of the very few constants.

Darche will have some mighty big shoes to fill, but the Chiefs were wise in finding someone with equal ability to replace Gammon.

This signing shows the Chiefs are committed to overhauling an aging roster.

Going into the 2006 season this team was one of the oldest in the NFL. Herm Edwards has made it a point to not only address the age, but also to bring in football players who will work hard and buy into his system.

Edwards is now purging this roster of players who were favorites of former head coach Dick Vermeil. Gammon is just another veteran who is being moved out of town as Edwards forms his own group of players.

The decision on Gammon wasn't as hard as the one that had to be made with quarterback Trent Green, but give Edwards credit for having the courage to do what he knew he had to when he took over this team in January of 2006.

The Chiefs have a clear direction and are executing the plan.

Whether these moves pay off remains to be seen, but so far the additions and subtractions to the roster make great sense.

With that said, I doubt we've seen the last of them. This roster isn't even close to set.

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