Best Chiefs Free Agent Signings of All-Time

Jason Schandl
The best free agent signings in Chiefs history, including Priest Holmes.
The best free agent signings in Chiefs history, including Priest Holmes. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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The Kansas City Chiefs are a franchise that has both a long history of success (playing in two of the first four Super Bowls) and of recent success (hoisting the trophy in 2019). It takes both strong coaching and great drafting to lift a team to those heights, but key free agent acquisitions are also important for any team.

With that in mind, here are the three greatest free-agent signings in Chiefs' history.

3. Willie Roaf

Still in his prime when he signed with the Chiefs for the 2002 season after playing his first nine season with the New Orleans Saints, Willie Roaf made the Pro Bowl in all four of his season with KC, being named a first-team All-Pro in both 2003 and 2004. He anchored the line on a Chiefs' offense that finished 1st, 1st, 2nd and 6th in scoring in his four seasons with the team.

2. Priest Holmes

Second only to Jamaal Charles in rushing yards in franchise history, Priest Holmes ran for 6,070 yards in a Chiefs uniform. Before his career was derailed by injuries, Holmes racked up an absurd 4,590 yards and 56 touchdowns in just three seasons. That kind of explosion was not expected when joined the Chiefs after posting just 2,102 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground in his first four NFL seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

1. Len Dawson

In the 1960's the NFL didn't quite have free agency as we know it, but Len Dawson joined the Dallas Texans in 1962, the year before they became the Chiefs. The Hall-of-Famer led the league in passing touchdowns in four of his first five seasons with the team, ultimately playing 14 years and establishing himself as the greatest quarterback in franchise history. At least until Patrick Mahomes comes for that title.


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