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Report: Chiefs re-sign linebacker Ben Niemann to 1-year deal

The 2018 undrafted free agent is back on the Chiefs’ 90-man roster.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed linebacker Ben Niemann to a one-year contract, as confirmed by Nate Taylor of The Athletic. Niemann had been a restricted free agent.

Niemann, 25, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent for the Chiefs in 2018, the final year former defensive coordinator Bob Sutton spent with the club. Niemann made the team under Steve Spagnuolo in 2019 and in 2020 — and his role has grown in each season. Niemann saw 5% of defensive snaps in 2018, 36% in 2019 and 43% in 2020.

He is also a key player for special teams coordinator Dave Toub.

Niemann registered 44 tackles (29 solo), three tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and three quarterback hits in 2020. He also forced a fumble and recovered two.

He played his collegiate ball at Iowa, where his father, Jay Niemann, serves as assistant defensive line coach and defensive recruiting coordinator.