Kelly Gregg lands in Kansas City

AP

Nose tackle Kelly Gregg will not be returning to the Ravens at a reduced price, as many in Baltimore hoped.

PFT’s Mike Florio has confirmed that Gregg has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Chiefs, pending his physical.  NFP first reported the news.

The 12-year veteran will add experience and bulk to a defensive line that lost defensive tackles Ron Edwards and Shaun Smith to free agency this week. Kansas City has mostly focused on keeping their own players, and making a handful of low-cost veteran moves thus far in free agency.

(Steve Breaston would be the exception here and we love that pickup.)

The Ravens reportedly stayed in touch with Gregg about a possible return.  They have done the same with Todd Heap, but Heap has been talking to the Cardinals according to radio reports in Arizona.

27 responses to “Kelly Gregg lands in Kansas City

  1. Out with the old ..in with the new, Good Teams don’t rebuild (Pats, Colts, Steelers, Ravens, Greenbay)..Bad teams do (Redskins, Browns, Bengals, Bills)

  2. Ouch – talk about rebuilding.

    On top of losing Mattison to Michigan, this could be quite an atypical down-year for the Ravens D.

  3. I didn’t like losing Smith and Edwards but I think Gregg is better than either of the one’s KC lost. We’re still a big body short. Hopefully we’ll pull the cat from San Fran.

  4. I’ll take Ngata and Cody with the additional depth. Gregg was a great player but he wasn’t the same after the microfracture surgery. Really thought rex was gonna pick him up.

  5. Good move by the Chiefs. Figured that they’d be the ones after him after he destroyed their o-line in the playoffs last year.

  6. Hate to see a guy like Kelly Gregg go. The prototypical lunch-pail Joe 6-pack blue collar, tough as nails, great guy, overachiever…just can’t say enough about Kelly Gregg.

    Thanks for the run in Bmore & best wishes to you Kelly!!!

  7. Classic Pioli signing. He’ll be the Casey Weigmann of the d-line.

    Exactly the kind of guy Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey need in the middle to help them live up to their potential. I’m betting Derrick Johnson will have another career year as well.

  8. Thank god, great pickup tough as nails guy who fills a spot that kc desperately needed to be able to truly run Romeos type of 3/4 defense..He’ll be a leader and also be able to teach this years 6th round Powe the ins and outs of playing the Nose in the NFL..
    There is talk that McClain’s top choice is Kansas City as well…

  9. I like the pickup for the Chiefs..good solid run defender, and brings alot of experience to the D line. I was a little nervous when Edwards and Smith left, but like an above poster mentioned, he is better than both of them. We still have a few players to add to the defense, but this is a good start.

  10. Kelly Gregg is an awesome player, and I wish him all the best in KC. He was healthy last year, and hopefully he will be as healthy this year. He is a class guy, has a non-stop motor, and he will be missed. We have a lot of young guys and depth in the interior line, so that made him expendable.

  11. Good sign but for older guy for one year! Franklin would be a better sign but Kc signing cheap free agents isn’t a surprise

  12. Gregg is not what he once was. He’s probably on par with Edwards and Smith at this point in his career, if not a slight downgrade.

  13. Weird that so many teams are grabbing up Ravens back-ups and proclaiming them starters, moreso than from other playoff teams. MaGahee (Rice’s backup), Landry (Reed’s backup), Gregg (Ngata’s backup) all would have had very limited roles on the Ravens this year, and maybe even lose their jobs to incoming youngsters, and yet somehow teams are shelling out the big bucks as if they were the starting team. I think these guys are nice depth if you can get them cheap enough, but if you are actually expecting to start them, you are basically going with someone else’s second team as your first.

  14. @jo3jo – You might want to check your facts. Landry didn’t back-up Reed. They play side-by-side. Zibby backed up Reed but will probably play next to him now. Gregg didn’t back-up Ngata. He plays next to him. Cody was a not too often used back-up. Gregg would leave on passing downs. I think we’d see the same thing from MacGahee & Landry as we saw last year. Gregg would definitely have had a limited role & was clearly expendable. Redskins choices of Ravens players proves your point more: Stallworth (cast-off), Chester (back-up at best), Wilson (4th corner on the team)…and they’re looking for these guys to start? We’re definitely suffering a lack of depth from all the players who are gone…but we’ve gotten much younger & faster. Cant say hungrier…other than Gaither all these guys have been relentless for us!

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