On Friday, Jordan Schultz of The Score reported that the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with former Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill on a one-year contract.
Breaking: FA LB Drue Tranquill is signing a one-year deal with the #Chiefs, sources tell @theScore.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 17, 2023
Tranquill comes off a career-year for the #Chargers, amassing 144 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 4 PBUs.
Schultz later reported the contract to be worth “up to $5 million” and that the Tranquil chose the Chiefs over five other suitors.
The Chargers selected Tranquill in the fourth round of the 2019 Draft. The Notre Dame product is coming of a very strong 2022 season.
Tranquill played in all 17 games for the Chargers last season. He led the team with 146 tackles — with five sacks and ten tackles for loss. He also recorded an interception.
He added a playoff interception off of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence in Los Angeles’ Divisional Round loss.
In total, he was in on 93% of the Chargers’ defensive snaps with 114 special teams snaps added.
While few had linebacker on the list of Kansas City’s needs, the 27-year-old continues general manager Brett Veach’s free agency pattern of acquiring young talent with ascending trajectories.
Tranquill will join a linebacking crew that includes Nick Bolton, Willie Gay Jr., and Leo Chenal. He adds a pass coverage pedigree to Kansas City’s linebacker rotation, possibly making him a candidate for a dime linebacker role defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo generally has preferred to designate.