The Kansas City Chiefs have struck first in the NFL's 2013 free-agency period. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chiefs have reached an agreement on a three-year deal with former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson.
And we're off: Former Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson reached agreement Friday night on a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2013
According to league rules, teams are not allowed to officially sign players until the league year officially starts on Tuesday, March 12 at 4 p.m. ET, with teams allowed to speak to players beginning March 9 at midnight.
The Chiefs are off to a busy start this offseason. They started off by hiring former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid to the same position. They subsequently reached a long-term deal with star wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and used the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert. They also made a bold trade with San Francisco to bring in quarterback Alex Smith and decided to let right tackle Eric Winston go.
Kansas City continues to make big moves by reportedly bringing Robinson into the fold. The eight-year vet spent his last three seasons with the Falcons and amassed four interceptions with 24 passes defended in that time span.
Robinson should add a much-needed upgrade at the position after the team released Stanford Routt last season. With young talent like Javier Arenas on the roster, Robinson should provide some needed veteran leadership.
With the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, the Chiefs have certainly shown that they are willing to make big moves under their new regime. It should be no surprise that they are one the first team to make a splash in free agency.