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Report: Chiefs agree to one-year deal with defensive lineman Taco Charlton

The former first-round pick is headed to Kansas City.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a one-year deal with defensive lineman Taco Charlton, according to friend-of-the-site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports.

Charlton, 25, entered the league as the Dallas Cowboys’ first-round pick at No. 28 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Charlton, who stands at 6 feet 6 and 270 pounds, registered seven starts in 2018 before suffering a shoulder injury. The Cowboys waived Charlton just two weeks into the 2019 regular season after back-to-back healthy scratches prompted him to tweet “Free me” from his official Twitter account.

The defensive lineman landed with the Dolphins in Miami. Charlton played in 10 games with five starts for the Dolphins, compiling 21 tackles (14 solo), five sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a healthy scratch for three of the Dolphins’ last four games of the season.

The Dolphins waived him on Thursday, and he cleared waivers Friday, opening the door for the Chiefs to sign him. Charlton could provide depth for the Chiefs along the defensive line.

He enters a suddenly deep defensive end room that includes Frank Clark, Alex Okafor, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Breeland Speaks, fifth-rounder Mike Danna, among others.

Charlton has played in 37 career games (12 starts), totaling 67 tackles (42 solo), nine sacks, two passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.


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