Vrabel To Chiefs?

With free agency in full swing, the Kansas City Chiefs have yet to land any big names but that's not preventing them from making some moves. According to a report from Mike Weiss of the Boston Globe, the New England Patriots have traded 33-year old outside linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for an undisclosed draft pick.

Vrabel will be 34 when the regular season starts and is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $3.4 million in 2009. It's not known if the Chiefs are going to re-work his contract at this point, but he'll be a leader in the locker room and on the field.

Vrabel was in Kansas City today, per Adam Schefter of the NFL Network, to take a physical.

The Chiefs have been tight-lipped on their plans for free agency but the addition of Vrabel means that the team, once it hires a new defensive coordinator, could be shifting their base defense to a 3-4 alignment.

Vrabel was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1997. He jumped to the Patriots in 2001 when he became a free agent and has been a mainstay in the team's defense during New England's Super Bowl run.

In 16 games last season Vrabel racked up 62 tackles and four sacks. The year before he had 12.5 sacks and the Chiefs, desperate for anyone that can get to opposing quarterbacks, likely made this move because they feel Vrabel can do that in Kansas City.

In other Chiefs news, new General Manager Scott Pioli tried unsuccessfully to lure Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to Kansas City. Per Michael Smith of ESPN.com, the Chiefs were one of the finalists for his services.

At the end of the bidding process, he signed a seven-year, $100 million deal with the Washington Redskins but the Chiefs at least made an effort to land the top free agent target on the board. The money Kansas City offered was likely similar but Haynesworth felt the Redskins were the best fit for his services.

The Chiefs have also not announced who their new defensive coordinator is, and the name of Romeo Crennel keeps surfacing. Schefter predicted a few weeks ago that Crennel could act as a consultant.

With the addition of Vrabel and a possible shift to a 3-4 defense, it's likely a decision on defensive coordinator is coming soon.

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