The Chiefs, who suffered some personnel losses early in free agency, have added a defensive lineman from a division rival.
The club said Friday night it had reached a deal with Raiders defensive tackle Vance Walker. Terms were not disclosed, but ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports the contract is for three years and worth up to $13 million, with $3.75 million in guarantees.
Walker (6-2, 305) played and started 15 games for the Raiders in 2013, recording 40 tackles and three sacks. He would seem a good fit at defensive end in the Chiefs’ 3-4 front, though it’s possible he could spell Dontari Poe at nose tackle on occasion.
A sixth-year pro from Georgia Tech, the 26-year-old Walker was a seventh-round pick of the Falcons in 2009 and played four seasons for Atlanta. He signed a one-year contract with the Raiders last offseason. Now, after a solid stint as a starter for Oakland, he’s reportedly getting a multi-year deal with Kansas City.
The Chiefs also announced the re-signing of reserve outside linebacker Frank Zombo. News of Zombo’s return came earlier in the week.