Alex Okafor, Chiefs Reportedly Agree to 1-Year Contract

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 20, 2021

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Alex Okafor runs up field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly re-signed defensive end Alex Okafor on a new one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Okafor is an eight-year NFL veteran who has spent the past two years with the Chiefs. He started nine of his 10 regular-season games in 2019 but ended the year on injured reserve as Kansas City won the Super Bowl.

The 30-year-old saw a reduced role in 2020, appearing in 11 games all off the bench. He was active for last year's Super Bowl as the squad lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Despite playing just 26 percent of defensive snaps in 2020, per Pro Football Reference, Okafor still managed three sacks, 10 quarterback hits and 15 pressures.

The pass-rusher has 30 career sacks in 89 regular-season games since being selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.

He will now provide more depth for Kansas City and extra insurance at defensive end after Frank Clark was arrested last month. Defensive tackle Chris Jones was the only other Chiefs player with more sacks than Okafor last season.

Kansas City also lost last year's starter, Tanoh Kpassagnon, to the New Orleans Saints in free agency.