The Kansas City Chiefs go from the end of the 2022 NFL Draft to immediately looking for undrafted free agents (UDFAs). These are the players who did not get drafted in the regular seven-round draft — but can now be signed to NFL free-agent contracts.
There is a case to be made that it is better to go undrafted — because then, you can pick your situation. Recent standout undrafted Chiefs free agents include defensive tackle Tershawn Wharton in 2020 and defensive back Zayne Anderson and quarterback Shane Buechele last year.
Teams can sign players up to the 90-man roster limit, so how many UDFAs they will sign varies by team. The Chiefs now have 87 players on the roster — but it may be that some fringe players will be released to make room for new UDFA rookies. Even after being signed, however, UDFAs often have a ways to go to make the 53-man roster, which is decided shortly before the start of the season in September. It’s not unusual for a team to keep a UDFA or two.
Note that many of these signings are not official until the Chiefs actually announce who they have signed. They tend to do this in a wave early next week. Some of these players will actually be given a chance to try out for the team, but may not actually be given a contract.
Chiefs undrafted free agent signings and rumors
Clemson WR Justyn Ross is signing with the #Chiefs to their 90-man roster, per source.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) May 2, 2022
Ross led the ACC in receiving as a freshman in 2018, ranked fifth nationally with 21.7 YPC and was second in receiving touchdowns. He also stands 6-3, 210 pounds. High quality addition for
Once a team gets me, they're going to get everything out of me," Justyn Ross told ESPN last fall.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) May 2, 2022
As a FR, Ross had 12 catches for 301 yards and 3 TDs in two College Football Playoff games to help @ClemsonFB win the national title.@Chiefs got a !@_jross8 @teehiggins5
Sam Houston State defensive tackle Joe Wallace invited to the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals' rookie minicamps, per a league source.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 1, 2022
Dustin Crum to the Kansas City Chiefs, per a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 1, 2022
Ole Miss RB Jerrion Ealy is signing as an UDFA with the #Chiefs, per source. Ealy, 21, is a 3x All-SEC performer.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) May 1, 2022
The #Chiefs are signing Ole Miss RB Jerrion Ealy as a UDFA, per source.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) May 1, 2022
Kendrick Price invited to Kansas City Chiefs' rookie minicamp, per a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 1, 2022
Chiefs agreed to terms with undrafted rookie free agent OL Gene Pryor out of Hawaii, per source.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) May 1, 2022
Tayon Fleet-Davis (Maryland) signing with the Chiefs, per a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 30, 2022