KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs made a move to bolster their secondary with the acquisition of cornerback Kenneth Acker from the San Francisco 49ers for an undisclosed draft pick.
The 49ers selected Acker in the sixth round of the 2014 draft from Southern Methodist University. He suffered a stress fracture in his foot during the preseason and spent the 2014 season on injured reserve.
Acker had a breakthrough season in 2015, playing in 15 games and making 16 starts for the 49ers. He totaled 65 tackles along with three interceptions.
But Acker’s playing time decreased as the 2015 season wore on, and he eventually lost his starting job. Acker ranked fourth on the most recent 49ers depth chart at left cornerback.
Acker played mostly with reserves in San Francisco’s first preseason game, playing a team-high 35 snaps. He played only one special teams snap in the team’s second preseason game.
The addition of Acker adds another element as the Chiefs look to solidify the defensive secondary. Three different corners have started opposite Marcus Peters at cornerback, including Steven Nelson, D.J. White and Phillip Gaines. The Chiefs have yet to commit to a starter at right corner.
The team also anticipates the arrival of safety Eric Berry, which should further improve the team’s secondary and run defense.