Five Things to Know About New Chiefs' DE Alex Okafor

Reports Chiefs to sign Alex Okafor to 3-year $24M contract

Reports Chiefs to sign Alex Okafor to 3-year $24M contract

The Kansas City Chiefs plan to sign former Saints defensive end Alex Okafor.

Okafor's deal averages $6 million per year for a total of $18M for the duration of the deal, although reported incentives, per Terez Paylor, bring the total to $24 million over time.

The Chiefs badly need pass rushers after releasing longtime starter Justin Houston and trading breakout sack artist Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers. New defensive line coach Brendan Daly is someone who is known for getting the most out of his defensive line group, so it's possible that Okafor could have his best season yet with the 2019 Chiefs. He likely will join Breeland Speaks, the Chiefs' second-round pick a year ago, as a starter.

Okafor has been a member of the Saints for the past two seasons.

Okafor entered the National Football League with the Arizona Cardinals but he spent the last two seasons with the Saints, starting 26 games in the process and putting up 8.5 sacks in that time.

Okafor signed with the Saints ahead of the 2017 campaign and went on to tally 43 tackles (25 solo) and 4.5 sacks before rupturing his Achilles tendon in Week 11.

Okafor first entered the NFL with the Cardinals as their fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. However, he was mostly stuck in a rotational role during his four seasons with the Cardinals while also battling a series of nagging biceps and toe injuries.

Okafor has 22 sacks in 68 career games.

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