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Chiefs re-sign Gehrig Dieter and pick up former K-State receiver

A familiar practice squad player will be back in 2021.

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The Kansas City Chiefs signed two more players to reserve/futures contracts on Friday, according to the NFL’s official transaction report. These contracts go into effect when the new league year begins. At that time, they begin counting toward the offseason 90-man roster and 2021’s salary cap. The league year officially begins on March 17 at 3 p.m. Arrowhead Time.

Here are the new signees:

  • Wide receiver Gehrig Dieter

Dieter is the most famous unknown player on the team’s roster. He originally joined the team as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama in 2017. Through the four seasons since then, he’s appeared in 10 regular-season games and three postseason contests, totaling three receptions for 43 yards. Otherwise, he’s been a practice squad player — but is thought to be one of quarterback Patrick Mahomes’s best friends on the team. It is unlikely, however, that this is the reason he continues to be part of the Chiefs’ plans. It is believed that during practices, he plays a valuable role as a receiver on the offensive scout team — and in most of the games in which he has appeared, he has been on the field for more than 50% of the special teams plays.

  • Wide receiver Dalton Schoen

Schoen is a local prospect who graduated from Blue Valley Northwest in suburban Kansas City. He played his college ball at Kansas State. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound wideout was signed by the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent last season but didn’t survive their final roster cutdown. A walk-on at K-State, he played in 30 games — starting 23 of the 24 games in which he appeared during his junior and senior seasons — accumulating 1,569 yards (and nine touchdowns) on 92 catches.