Holliday inks 5-year deal with Chiefs

Defensive end Vonnie Holliday, out of the picture in Green Bay after the Packers re-signed Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila to a $37 million contract last week, signed a five-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs today.<p>

Holliday, selected by the Packers in the first round of the 1998 NFL draft, reportedly received a signing bonus of between $3 million to $4 million as part of a deal that is worth between $20 million and $21.3 million. Last season Holliday turned down an offer from Green Bay that included a $5 million signing bonus and would have paid him $11.3 million in the first three years.

ESPN.com reported that Holliday received a $4 million signing bonus and will be paid $6.3 million over the first two years of the contract. In 2005, the Chiefs have a $5 million option on Holliday that would keep him through 2007, according to ESPN.com.

Holliday, 27, missed six games last year because of knee surgery and a torn pectoral muscle. He missed four games in his rookie season and four games in 2000 because of injuries. But he was regarded by many as one of the best run-stopping defensive ends in free agency this year. He has 26 career sacks, with six fumble recoveries and 18 passes defended.

Besides re-signing Gbaja-Biamila, the Packers also re-signed defensive tackle Cletidus Hunt to a six-year, $25.5 million deal in February.

Holliday could have received more money from the Arizona Cardinals – a contract that averaged about $5 million a year – but he wanted to play for a team that had a better chance of making the playoffs. He also drew interest from the Seattle Seahawks, until they signed 49ers free agent Chike Okeafor last week.

Holliday joins cornerback Dexter McCleon and linebacker Shawn Barber, who were signed by the Chiefs as free agents this off-season.

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