Allen Bailey's offseason weight gain was a very good thing. The Kansas City Chiefs have confirmed that they have signed Bailey to a contract extension. Pro Football Talks reports it as a four-year contract worth $25 million. Go to PFT to read the details of the contract, which includes a $10 million signing bonus.
"We are happy that we were able to reach an agreement to keep Allen in Kansas City," Chiefs GM John Dorsey said in a statement. "He has developed into a good football player and a key member of our defense."
Bailey was set to be a free agent after his rookie deal expired this season. Now he'll remain a Chief.
Bailey has had a breakout season for the Chiefs, who made a good move locking him up for the future. This puts him among the highest paid 3-4 defensive ends which is a little more than you would want to pay him but there is a path for him to earn it.
The Chiefs lost Tyson Jackson to free agency last offseason and that's what put Bailey in a larger role. He has thrived in that time racking up four sacks on the season, which has been a nice upgrade for the Chiefs. Bailey was a 2011 third round pick who didn't see a lot of regular playing time until this season. He's improved quite a bit since he's become a full time player so it's fair to think that he is still getting better. It makes me wonder how the Chiefs would have done if the previous regime had given Bailey an opportunity earlier in his career.
Ultimately I like this move for the Chiefs because it means Bailey and Dontari Poe will be playing together for the foreseeable future. That's a strong defensive line.
No word on how this affects Justin Houston's negotiations with the Chiefs, if at all. There's also no word on how it affects Mike DeVito, who was placed on IR in Week 1. Players with Achilles tears don't always come back 100 percent so this could represent some insurance.