Chiefs sign six, including WR Kenny Cook, to reserve/future deals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs signed six players to reserve/future contracts, according to Tuesday’s NFL Transaction report.

Aug. 18, 2015; St. Joseph, MO; Wide receiver Kenny Cook (6) catches a pass during Chiefs training camp at Missouri Western State University. (Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Aug. 18, 2015; St. Joseph, MO; Wide receiver Kenny Cook (6) catches a pass during Chiefs training camp at Missouri Western State University. (Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

The players signed are: Wide receiver Kenny Cook, defensive end Dominique Davis, linebacker Cameron Gordon, defensive back Jordan Kovacs, fullback Trey Millard and defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu.

Cook is a notable signing because the Chiefs are familiar with him.

The 6-4, 218-pound Cook originally entered the league with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Gardner-Webb. He spent the offseason, training camp and time on the practice squad the past season.

The 6-3, 348-pound Ta’amu is a former fourth-round pick out of Washington of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2012 NFL Draft. He brings NFL experience, having appeared in 21 games with three starts in a career that spanned two teams – the Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. All three starts came with the Cardinals in 2013.

Kovacs, who measures 5-10, 208 pounds, also offers NFL experience. Kovacs entered the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan with the Miami Dolphins and appeared in 28 games with the Dolphins. He split the 2014 season with the Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles before rejoining the Dolphins in 2015.

Millard, who measures 6-2, 247 pounds, is a former seventh-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at Oklahoma.

The 6-3, 240-pound Gordon signed as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan with the New England Patriots in 2014. He spent the 2014 season on injured reserve and was with the Patriots in training camp last summer.

The 6-5, 285-pound Davis signed as an undrafted free agent out of Liberty University with the Pittsburgh Steelers in May 2015.

The Chiefs are allowed to sign free agents to a reserve/future contract as long as that player was not on the active roster when the season ended.

Teams sign players to reserve/future deals with a view to the upcoming season when the league’s calendar year begins, which for 2016 is March 9.

Players signed to reserve/future deals in 2015 still with the Chiefs are running back Spencer Ware, guard Jarrod Pughsley and receiver Fred Williams, who is on the practice squad.

Ware and Pughsley also spent time on the practice squad before being elevated to the active 53-man roster.

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Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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