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Two Chiefs Sign Their Tenders

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Two members of the Kansas City Chiefs signed their tenders, according to Bill Williamson of ESPN.com.

OT Barry Richardson and DB Maurice Leggett are now officially under contract with the team.

It's not clear exactly when they signed it but I'm guessing it was on Monday considering that was the start of the offseason program. If they've been practicing with the team, then it's because the tender was signed or an insurance waiver was signed.

Both players were exclusive rights free agents, which means they had an expiring contract and two or less years of service. They had no negotiating rights which basically means they could sign the Chiefs offer or not play football in 2010.

At last count, there were two exclusive rights free agents yet to sign their tender -- LS Thomas Gafford and OLB Andy Studebaker. It's very possible they've already signed and the Chiefs haven't let that information get out.

As far as restricted free agents go, these are the players we can't confirm have signed their tenders -- QB Brodie Croyle, ILB Corey Mays, C Rudy Niswanger, OT Ryan O’Callaghan and S Jarrad Page.

Same as the ERFAs, it's possible they've signed already and we just don't know it. That's the challenge of following a tight-lipped team like the Chiefs.

While these practices aren't mandatory -- and Todd Haley or anyone else with the Chiefs isn't allowed to make them appear mandatory -- it's usually a good idea for these young players to be on the field in the early going.

(H/T WtexKC for the first FanShot)