Chiefs, safety agree to terms


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Jan 22, 2006
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Chiefs, safety agree to terms
Second-round pick Pollard of Purdue will challenge Knight for a starting job.
The Kansas City Star

The battle for the starting strong safety job for the Chiefs is officially on.

The Chiefs saw to that Friday when they agreed to terms of a four-year, $3 million contract with Bernard Pollard, their second-round draft pick from Purdue.

Pollard will challenge incumbent starter Sammy Knight, and there’s little doubt the Chiefs would like to see Pollard win the job. Knight is a smart, instinctive player but is slow and doesn’t cover as much ground as the Chiefs would like.

Pollard, at 224 pounds, is also the big hitter coach Herm Edwards and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham like in their secondary.

“We felt after watching Bernard Pollard in college that he was going to be a physical player in the back end of our defense and I think we found out a little bit more about that this spring,” Edwards said.

“Bernard is a guy who has speed, a great ability to tackle and will help us on special teams.”

The Chiefs, who begin training camp on Friday at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, have contract agreements with four of their seven draft picks.

Fifth-round cornerback Marcus Maxey of Miami and two sixth-round choices, offensive lineman Tre Stallings of Mississippi and wide receiver Jeff Webb of San Diego State, agreed to terms earlier this week.

Still unsigned are first-round defensive end Tamba Hali of Penn State, third-round quarterback Brodie Croyle of Alabama and seventh-round safety Jarrad Page of UCLA.
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