KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With running backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware signed to contract extensions, another member of the Chiefs’ backfield has become expendable.
The Chiefs are working on a trade of running back Knile Davis, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Thursday with The Topeka Capital-Journal and ChiefsDigest.com. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Chiefs have not announced they are looking to move Davis.
Davis, who joined the Chiefs as the second of two third-round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, saw his playing time on offensive diminish rapidly in 2015 behind West and Ware after Jamaal Charles suffered a season-ending ACL injury in Week 5.
The former Arkansas Razorback appeared in 14 games with no starts the past season and was a healthy inactive in Weeks 11-12.
Davis logged just 79 total snaps on offense, finishing the season with 72 yards rushing and a touchdown on 28 carries. He remained a key contributor on special teams, however, and led the Chiefs in kickoff returns with 603 yards on 24 attempts.
Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Davis has appeared in 46 games with two starts over the past three seasons. He totaled 777 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 232 carries over that span, adding 246 yards receiving and a touchdown on 29 catches.
The Chiefs would be left with Jamaal Charles, Darrin Reaves, West and Ware on the current roster in the event Davis is traded before the start of the voluntary offseason workout program on April 18.