The Chiefs have crossed one player off the list of pending free agents on their roster, although they didn’t make much of a fuss about it.
Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports that NFLPA records show that the team has re-signed long snapper Thomas Gafford well ahead of the start of free agency on March 11. It’s a one-year deal worth $730,000, which represents a $15,000 raise over last season although Paylor points out there’s no mention of any workout or other bonuses that Gafford may be eligible to receive.
Gafford has been with the Chiefs since 2008, longer than all but six other players on the roster, and has played in every game for them over the last five seasons.
With Gafford out of the way, the Chiefs can move onto making decisions about some of the other players heading for free agency. Left tackle Branden Albert, defensive end Tyson Jackson and safety Kendrick Lewis are some of the biggest names on that list.