On Thursday, we learned that the Los Angeles Chargers were going to waive former first-round defensive tackle Jerry Tillery. But since the former Notre Dame player didn’t officially hit the waiver wire until Friday, NFL teams had until Monday to think about placing a claim on the 6-foot-6, 295-pound lineman.
DL Jerry Tillery will not officially be waived until Friday, which means he cannot be claimed until Monday. Considering that multiple teams expressed interest in trading for him before the deadline, Tillery is expected to be claimed. https://t.co/rdwgatDGg2— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 11, 2022
So a total of eight teams placed a claim to take over Tillery’s rookie contract — one of them the Kansas City Chiefs.
Eight teams - Las Vegas, Detroit, Carolina, Indianapolis, San Francisco, New York Jets, New York Giants, and Kansas City - put in waiver claims for former Chargers’ first-round pick Jerry Tillery, who was assigned to the Raiders.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 14, 2022
As you might expect, the Chiefs were near the end of the priority list (teams with the worst records get first priority on waiver claims) so Tillery will now spend the remainder of the season with the Las Vegas Raiders — who will now assume the remaining $912,000 of his 2022 base salary. Since the Chargers had not exercised the fifth-year option on Tillery’s rookie deal, he will become a free agent at the end of the league year in mid-March.
It’s bad news for Tillery, who now has to move from a disappointing AFC West team to a downright bad AFC West team. The 26-year-old — who was selected 28th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft — played in 54 games (with 29 starts) in Los Angeles, where he was used as both a defensive tackle and defensive end. In three and a half seasons with the Chargers, he collected 106 tackles (57 solo, 12 for loss), 10.5 sacks, 33 quarterback hits, three forced fumbles and two passes defensed.
This also tells us that the Chiefs are still interested in getting more pass rushers. A team with the best record in its conference always has a fairly slim chance of snagging a player from the waiver wire — but you never know. As usual, Kansas City general manager Brett Veach is taking as many swings as he can — especially when there’s a chance to acquire a former first-round pick.