After four seasons in Kansas City, the defensive end has a new home.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 29, 2021
Kpassagnon, 26, played his college ball at Villanova. The Chiefs selected him in the second round (59th overall) of the 2017 NFL draft. Over his four years in Kansas City, he appeared in 61 games — starting 24 of them — while accumulating 75 tackles (52 solo, 12 for loss), along with seven sacks, 18 quarterback hits, a forced fumble and five passes defensed.
Under previous defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, Kpassagnon had few opportunities on defense. But when Steve Spagnuolo came to the Chiefs in 2019, Kpassagnon had his chance — getting 23 of his starts during his last two seasons as a Chief. Still, Kansas City decided it was time for Kpassagnon to walk in free agency.
The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson reported the contract details: a $4.5 million deal with $2 million guaranteed.
Tanoh Kpassagnon (Saints) five years, three void automatically 10 days prior to 2023 lg yr, $4.5M, $2M gtd, $500K signing bonus, salaries $1M (gtd), $2.5M; $500K 2022 roster bonus, $750K sacks 2022 roster bonus escalator
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 29, 2021
Aside from quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Kpassagnon was the last player from the Chiefs’ 2017 draft — which also included Kareem Hunt, Jehu Chesson, Ukeme Eligwe and Leon McQuay — who remained with the team.
Just the same… it might still be considered the greatest draft in team history.