The Kansas City Chiefs are planning on signing defensive lineman Nick Williams, according to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Chiefs are signing Williams off of the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad, which means he will be paid for at least three weeks of work on the Chiefs active roster.
#Chiefs are planning to sign DL Nick Williams off #Steelers practice squad, source said. They had their eye on the 2013 7th rounder all year— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 24, 2014
The Chiefs will need to release someone else to make room for Williams on the roster. [UPDATE: This could be the roster spot.] The Chiefs have also not confirmed this report yet. Read the Steelers reaction to this move here. And here's a piece from our Steelers blog last August that includes some information on Williams.
Practice squad players are eligible to sign with other teams. The only thing is that the player will have to be on (or be paid for) the active roster for three weeks.
Williams was a 2013 seventh round pick out of Samford. He is listed at 6'4 and 309 pounds. He will provide more depth along the defensive line for the Chiefs, which has done a good job complementing Justin Houston and Tamba Hali on the outside. Williams' signing could be more geared toward 2015 given we're already 3/4ths of the way through the season.
Williams spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a knee injury.
An update coming with who the Chiefs released to make room for Williams.