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Chiefs sign defensive back Manny Patterson after minicamp tryout, make two cuts

The Chiefs have now signed two players after their minicamp tryouts over the weekend.

According to the NFL’s transactions wire, the Kansas City Chiefs signed another player who tried out with the team during their rookie minicamp over the weekend: former Maine defensive back Manny Patterson on a one-year contract.

To make room for Patterson and wide receiver Daurice Fountain — whose signing made news earlier in the day — the Chiefs waived defensive back Jaylon McClain-Sapp and released wide receiver Tajae Sharpe.

Patterson — who will turn 23 at the end of May — played for the Black Bears from 2016 through 2019, starting a total of 39 games before his senior season was cut short by a torn ACL. During his time there, he was a three-time All-CAA selection, collecting 93 tackles (67 solo, 2.5 for loss) an interception and 47 pass breakups. As a freshman, he was the school’s defensive rookie of the year, starting nine games.

After going undrafted in 2020, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Patterson was signed to the Washington Football Team’s practice squad after the season began. After he was released in Washington, he finished out the season on the Houston Texans’ practice squad.