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5 things to know about new Chiefs linebacker Darron Lee

Get to know the newest piece in the Kansas City Chiefs linebacking corps.

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By now, you know the New York Jets traded away linebacker Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick on Wednesday evening. The 24-year-old former first-round pick already looks like a solid fit for the Chiefs.

Following the news, both local and national media members chimed in with some more in-depth insight about the 6-foot-1 linebacker. Here are five things to know about the newest Chiefs linebacker:

1. He’s coming off of a career season in 2018

While Lee’s three-season tenure with the Jets was disappointing — his 2016 and 2017 grades lingered just below 50.0 — his 2018 numbers show that he’s trending up. A change of scenery, staff and teammates could be just what Lee needs to really shine and succeed in 2019.

2. He’s healthy

Our in-house medical expert, Aaron Borgmann, checked into Lee’s health profile, and by the looks of it, the Chiefs are acquiring a player that has remained mostly injury-free during all three of his NFL seasons.

3. It’s a low-risk move for the Chiefs

This is a move that makes a lot of sense for Kansas City from a financial standpoint. They’re getting a player with three years of NFL experience and promising potential for a small, one-year commitment.

4. There’s a chance he could start

Reports say that Lee wasn’t part of the Jets’ plans for 2019, and that was made clear when they declined a fifth-year option that would have paid him nearly $10 million in 2020.

And while he may not have been on New York’s depth chart for this coming season, he has an opportunity to make an immediate impact and compete for the starting weak-side linebacker (WLB) role for the Chiefs in 2019.

5. He brings a versatile skill set

Lee wowed at the 2016 combine, testing as an elite athlete at his position and posting an impressive 40-yard dash time, in addition to a solid vertical jump.

Lee offers speed and athleticism — positioning him as an excellent asset for a defense that could benefit from what he can bring to the table.

And (most importantly) it looks like quarterback Patrick Mahomes is excited to welcome his new teammate to Kansas City.

Perhaps the first off-field team activity will be a Game of Thrones watch party?

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