KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tuesday afternoon brought more tweaking to the Chiefs’ offseason roster with three signings and two waivers ahead of the weekend’s rookie minicamp.
Sep 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo (93) shown on the bench against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
The Chiefs announced the signings of defensive tackle Kyle Love, which was covered Monday evening, defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo and defensive lineman Kona Schwenke, an undrafted free agent from Notre Dame.
[Updated on Wednesday, May 21: Cudjo’s contract is a one-year deal with a playtime bonus, a league source told ChiefsSpin.com.]
In addition to bringing in Love, the Chiefs have another player with NFL experience in Cudjo, who spent three seasons with the St. Louis Rams.
Cudjo, who measures 6-foot-2, 304 pounds, entered the league in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of Central Oklahoma.
While with the Rams, the native of Lawton, Okla., appeared in 38 games with four starts, recording 35 tackles (24 solo) and 1.5 sacks.
The Rams released Cudjo on May 15 leading to his signing with the Chiefs.
Schwenke measures 6-foot-4, 297 pounds. For his career at Notre Dame, the native of Hawai’i finished with 30 tackles (nine sole) and a sack.
The three defensive linemen bring the total currently on the roster to 12 in an apparent move to enhance competition in the coming weeks before the late summer training camp.
To make room on the roster, the team announced the waiving of defensive tackle Cory Grissom and linebacker Ridge Wilson.
Grissom, who played collegiately at South Florida, spent the 2013 season on the New England Patriots’ injured reserve list with an ankle injury. The Patriots released Grissom on March 10 leading to his signing with the Chiefs on March 25 before Tuesday’s waiving.
Kansas City originally signed Wilson as an undrafted free agent out of West Alabama in May 2013. He spent last offseason and training camp with the Chiefs before being released on Aug. 31. The Chiefs later signed him to the practice squad on Dec. 24, and then a reserve/future deal on Jan. 6 before Tuesday’s waiving.
The Chiefs’ latest round of transactions has the roster at the offseason maximum of 90 players.