Right after the 2014 NFL Draft ends (and probably before), NFL teams will be working the phones to sign college players who were not drafted. The vast majority of these players will not make an active NFL roster and those that do will almost exclusively end up as special teams players (or on the practice squad). Of course, there are exceptions to every rule.
Over the last four years, the Kansas City Chiefs have signed 64 college free agents and 12 of those players have made the active roster. That's 19 percent of UDFA signings that make the active roster. From 2010 to 2013, the Chiefs signed three, two, four, and three UDFAs to the active roster, respectively. Here's the Chiefs' official list of UDFAs from 2013.
The offseason roster limit is 90 players. The current Kansas City Chiefs roster is at 75 players. Add in the six players the Chiefs drafted today and KC can sign nine undrafted free agents. Unsigned draft picks do count against the roster limit. That said, there could be some current players released to make room for new UDFAs. There will also be undrafted free agents who are invited to rookie minicamp who won't count against the roster limit. If you want to learn more about how much these players will get paid, head on over to this great post from Blogging the Boys.
A couple things to keep in mind: These are unconfirmed signings. These will mostly be based on Twitter reports. It's not uncommon for a player to say he's signing with one team and end up with another.
Also important is that some of these guys will be signed to the team and some will just be invited to rookie minicamp. There is a difference and many reports don't distinguish between that difference.
The Chiefs will make an official announcement of all college free agent signings next week. Until then, consider all this unconfirmed.
Reports are below...
Georgia State WR Albert Wilson (Confirmed)
Things didn't go how I expected but I'm happy to be a Kansas City Chief !!!! #PuttingRefBackOn— Albert Wilson (@MrKeepEmFroze) May 10, 2014
Idaho RB James Baker
Former Idaho running back James Baker told me he's headed to the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent.— Josh Wright (@SR_JoshWright) May 10, 2014
Abilene Christian RB Charcandrick West (Confirmed)
Offically I Kansas City chief!!— Charcandrick West (@Charcandrick26) May 10, 2014
Tennessee State DB David Van Dyke (Confirmed)
Southern Methodist OT Ben Gottschalk
Louisiana Lafayette WR Darryl Surgent (Confirmed)
BYU S Daniel Sorensen (Confirmed)
BYU safety Daniel Sorensen's agent tells me that Daniel is headed to Kansas City Chiefs for free-agent tryout.— Jay Drew (@drewjay) May 11, 2014
Translation: Tulane K Cairo Santos
BREAKING NEWS O K Cairo Santos (Tulane) acerta contrato com o Kansas City Chiefs e se torna o segundo brasileiro na NFL!— oQuarterback (@oQuarterback) May 11, 2014
@ArrowheadPride I've said Cairo Santos signed a contract with the Chiefs. He confirmed it to me.— oQuarterback (@oQuarterback) May 11, 2014
Nebraska C Cole Pensick
Utah State WR Joey Demartino
@b_borovetz appreciate that man couldn't be more happier to be apart of the Kingdom!! Time to work!— Joey DeMartino (@EYmanITZj0ey) May 11, 2014
Miami S Kacy Rodgers
I'm headed to Kansas City! Chief Nation stand up!! #Red&Gold— Kacy Rodgers II (@RodgerThat22) May 11, 2014
Utah C Vyncent Jones
#Utes lineman Vyncent Jones will be going to Kansas City Chiefs minicamp, says agent.— Matthew Piper (@matthew_piper) May 11, 2014
Tennessee-Martin OLB Ben Johnson (Confirmed)
Reports have Skyhawk LB Ben Johnson signing a free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.— UT Martin Athletics (@UTMSports) May 11, 2014
Saginaw Valley State QB Jon Jennings
Looks like GLIAC all time leading passer Jon Jennings to the KC Chiefs. Congrats Jon, we are proud. Will keep the Cardinal nation posted!— Jim Collins (@SV_JimCollins) May 11, 2014
Notre Dame DT Kona Schwenke
Tulsa G Stetson Burnett
Auburn DT Kenneth Carter
Auburn's Kenneth Carter invited to the Kansas City Chiefs' rookie minicamp, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 11, 2014
Eastern Kentucky DE Shawn Shupperd
Eastern Kentucky DE-DL Shawn Shuperd to try out for the Kansas City Chiefs at rookie minicamp, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 11, 2014
Monmouth CB Tevrin Brandon
Monmouth CB Tevrin Brandon to Chiefs mini-camp, he tells @AsburyParkPress. The Broncos were also in the mix for his services— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) May 11, 2014
Abilene Christian OL Will Latu
Big day for #ACUFootball. Charcandrick West & Will Latu to the Chiefs. Taylor Gabriel to the Browns. Well deserved. Big-time talents— Ken Collums (@kencollums) May 11, 2014
Florida A&M LB Brandon Denmark
#FAMU LB Brandon Denmark invited to rookie camp with the Kansas City Chiefs.— Jason Kahn (@JasonKahnWCTV) May 11, 2014
Alabama State P / K Bobby Wenzig
"I am very happy to have the opportunity to go to Kansas City and compete at the rookie mini-camp. I am going in there as a combo kicker. It gives me the chance to show that I can do in all aspects of kicking and punting."-Montgomery Advertiser
Virginia Tech WR Marcus Davis
Kansas State LS Marcus Heit
Idaho TE Michael Lagrone
The Chiefs will bring in Lagrone for a workout in their upcoming mini camp. -Draft Diamonds
Fort Valley State S DeRon Furr
Iowa DB BJ Lowery
#qctimes Iowa defensive back BJ Lowery signs a free-agent deal with the Chiefs.— Steve Batterson (@sbatt79) May 12, 2014