According to a report from NFL insider Adam Caplan, on Wednesday afternoon — shortly after the beginning of the official free agency period — the Kansas City Chiefs tendered restricted free agent safety Jordan Lucas at the sixth-round level.
#Chiefs RFA S Jordan Lucas was tendered at 6th round level.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 13, 2019
That means that if another team makes an offer to Lucas, the Chiefs have the right to match the offer or take a sixth-round draft pick in compensation.
As you may recall, the Chiefs gave a seventh-round pick to the Miami Dolphins to acquire Lucas last August as they sought to shore up their secondary after a disastrous preseason in the defensive backfield.
Lucas — a product of Penn State — originally joined the Dolphins as a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but had seen little playing time outside of special teams.
Lucas ended up playing in all 16 regular-season games for the Chiefs, starting four of them. He had an interception and a sack, along with 32 total tackles (22 solo) including a tackle for loss, a pair of quarterback hits and a pair of passes defensed.
Pro Football Focus gave him a 57.9 grade for the season and marked his Week 5 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts as his best of the year.
He also loves his nickname.