Chiefs sign Raiders DT Vance Walker

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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.

18 responses to “Chiefs sign Raiders DT Vance Walker

  1. McKenzie loses another player, incredible. No one wants to play for the sinking SS McKenzie. Fire him and hire a quality GM.

  2. Raiders fans: blame your stadium, not your front office. They should get a lot of credit for persuading any free agent to go out there and play football in a toilet.

  3. Walker has eight sacks in five seasons (Jackson had nine). He’s not as good against the run as Jackson, but for the price, why not?

  4. As a Chiefs fan, really like this signing. New position at end but think he’ll adjust fine and be an upgrade from Jackson. Still really need to address OLine, D backfield and receiver. With a deep WR class, hoping Chiefs go FS or DB in the 1st round (depending on the way the draft falls).

  5. Was set to visit GB this week, looks like Ted Thompson was a day late and a dollar short. Typical.

  6. Anytime a Raider signs with the Chiefs it worries me. The only time I can think of that it ever turned out well was Marcus Allen and he was a special kind of player and person. Remember how well Chester McGlockton and Stanford Routt worked out? I suppose its better than paying Jackson what Atlanta did. Now that was a bad contract.

  7. I was excited when the Raiders got him last year, he’s just a good player. That’s all there is to it.

  8. Anytime you can be paroled from that toilet of a franchise is a good thing.Walker can now play on a franchise that is actually sound and has a good system.oh and they don’t need to tarp off 15,000 seats to avoid blackouts.

  9. El Pollo Loco says: Mar 15, 2014 1:47 PM

    Anytime you can be paroled from that toilet of a franchise is a good thing.Walker can now play on a franchise that is actually sound and has a good system.oh and they don’t need to tarp off 15,000 seats to avoid blackouts.
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    Spin it how you want. You’re still digging through Raider garbage.

  10. Really? I watched every raiser game last season, and I personally was disappointed with him. He’s solid at best. He a decent run stopper, definitely a 7th round talent.

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