The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with nose tackle Mike DeVito in a move that will re-unite the former Jets defensive lineman with Bob Sutton, his former defensive coordinator.
DeVito, a physical, run-stuffing defensive end, finished with 52 tackles in 2012 to rank in the top 20 in the category among all defensive ends. The former University of Maine lineman ended 2012 as the fifth-ranked defensive end in run defense efficiency, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Chiefs reportedly signed the seven-year veteran to a three-year, $12.6 million contract, according to multiple reports. The deal includes roughly $8.0 million in guaranteed money.
At 6-3, 305 pounds, DeVito could help solidify a Chiefs' defense that ranked 27th against the run in 2012. The signing came hours after a report surfaced from ESPN's Adam Schefter that fifth-year veteran Glenn Dorsey has scheduled a visit with the 49ers. Dorsey, the No. 5 overall pick by the Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft, was placed on IR in mid-November with a calf injury after appearing in only four games last season.
Even if Dorsey leaves Kansas City, first-year Chiefs general manager John Dorsey has established a formidable front in the Chiefs' 3-4 scheme. The addition of DeVito could be instrumental in nose tackle Dontari Poe's development. Poe, 6-3, 346, finished with 38 tackles in his rookie year in 2012. Defensive end Tyson Jackson, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2009 Draft, also agreed to restructure his contract earlier this month.
The Chiefs have made a flurry of moves early in coach Andy Reid's tenure. Kansas City has also added former Saints quarterback Chase Daniel, former Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson and has a deal in place to acquire 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.
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