Alex Okafor hopes to compete for a backup role behind projected starters Frank Clark and Chris Jones
KANSAS CITY – Veteran defensive end Alex Okafor has signed a one-season deal to return to the Kansas City Chiefs, just days before the first players began reporting for training camp.
The Chiefs did not disclose financial terms when announcing the deal Tuesday.RELATED
A hamstring injury limited Alex Okafor to 11 games last season. AP Photo
The 30-year-old Okafor has 30 sacks and 183 tackles in eight NFL seasons, including the last two with the Chiefs. He joined the club as a free agent from the New Orleans Saints in March 2019, signing a three-year, $ 18 million deal.
Okafor made an immediate impact in helping to rebuild the Kansas City defense, recording five sacks and 21 tackles combined in 10 games. A torn pectoral muscle in Week 15 forced him to end the season on injured reserve. He missed his chance to play in the team’s win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
The veteran signed a restructured contract in August 2020 that reduced his impact on the salary cap for the season by $ 2 million and voided the final year of his original three-season deal.
A hamstring injury limited Okafor to 11 games last season. He culminated with three sacks and 16 total tackles. He contributed in a backup role during the team’s playoff run, adding five total tackles in three postseason games, including a save against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the team’s 31-9 loss in Super Bowl LV.
Okafor hopes to compete for a backup role behind projected starters Frank Clark and Chris Jones as the shore pressure specialists for the team. Competition at the defensive end position also includes veteran Taco Charlton, second-year Mike Danna, and 2021 fourth-round pick Joshua Kaindoh.
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Clark faces charges in California for possession of an assault weapon stemming from a traffic stop in March. In June, he was arrested in Los Angeles after police said he saw a submachine gun in his car.
Chiefs players begin reporting to training camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph on Friday.
Information from AP was used in the writing of this note.