With training camp two weeks away, the Kansas City Chiefs have signed Troy University converted defensive end Cameron Sheffield to a four-year contract. The Small school standout was a pass rushing specialist the last two years at Troy and that led to a Senior Bowl invite last January.
The Chiefs, under new Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel, are converting Sheffield to outside linebacker. The Chiefs hope he can make the same transition from defensive end to outside linebacker as Tamba Hali did a year ago.
Sheffield certainly has a golden opportunity to edge out veteran Mike Vrabel. If he can round out his game, be adept at both run defense and be a dominating pass rusher at this level, he might be a player to watch at training camp.
Vrabel, who is entering his 14th NFL campaign, struggled a year ago. After having 12.5 sacks in 2007 for New England, he only had two sacks in 2009 for the Chiefs.
Hali is entering the final year of his rookie contract and it does not appear at the moment that the Chiefs are interested in entertaining any long-term deals with their former first round standout.
So that means Sheffield and Andy Studebaker, who filled in for Vrabel when he missed two games a year ago, will be primed to take their shots at impacting the defense in 2010.
The KC Chiefs would neither confirm or deny the report on NFL.com.
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