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Chiefs sign third-rounder Phillip Gaines

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The Chiefs have a smaller draft class than some teams, so they’re halfway to home after signing their third player in the last two days.

Cornerback Phillip Gaines is the latest rookie to agree to a four-year contract. The third-rounder is the highest pick to sign to this point, joining sixth-round guard Zach Fulton and seventh-round tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

Gaines posted the second-fastest official 40 time among cornerbacks at the combine, running just a tick behind Browns first-rounder Justin Gilbert. That speed and his 6-0 frame look good on paper, although reviews were mixed on Gaines’ performance at Rice during the pre-draft process.

There’s been trade chatter about Brandon Flowers and any move in that direction would likely result in more playing time for Gaines. There should be a fair amount of it available even with Flowers on the roster, with Chris Owens and Sanders Commings looking like the chief competition.

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6 Responses to “Chiefs sign third-rounder Phillip Gaines”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 15, 2014 5:52 PM

    Phillip Gaines looks more like his name should be Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

  2. lscratchingthesurface says: May 15, 2014 7:00 PM

    Really??!!! Who cares what he looks like?!!

    I hope we keep Brandon Flowers because he can play and has lots to teach Gaines. That said, Welcome aboard, Mr. Gaines!!!

  3. bassplucker says: May 15, 2014 7:16 PM

    Honestly, I had never heard of this guy till he was drafted. And I follow pre draft stuff pretty ardently. He must have been flying pretty low under the radar.

  4. jtfawver says: May 15, 2014 8:05 PM

    Sanders commings? He’s playing safety. How about Marcus cooper & Ron Parker…. Good grief

  5. eytch5 says: May 15, 2014 10:01 PM

    I agree with the comment the Chiefs NEED to keep Flowers and let the newby learn the speed of the pro game. Didn’t we make a mistake like this about 3 years ago letting Brandon Carr go, with him we had a DOMINANT backfield, without him, there was a hole that incoming Peyton Manning could just pick apart. perhapse we DID need to draft Leon Sandcastle after
    all!!!

  6. eustus says: May 16, 2014 9:54 AM

    the chief competition?

    OH I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE! ha ha!

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