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Report | Chiefs to sign Anthony Hitchens

Joseph Nocco

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Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens (59) sacks Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Cowboys win 17-15. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
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The Kansas City Chiefs most notably came to terms with former Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins on Tuesday morning. However, the Chiefs were not done there, as Kansas City has now reportedly added another weapon — this time, on the defensive side of the football.

According to a Tuesday morning report from both Ian Rapoport of Tom Pelissero of NFL.com, the Chiefs plan to side former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens. As a result, Hitchens will earn $9 million annually.

The 25-year-old linebacker previously spent his entire NFL career as a member of the heralded Cowboys while breaking into the highest level back in 2014-15. Originally selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Iowa, Hitchens went on to appear in 60 regular-season games for the NFC East franchise.

During that same span, Hitchens recorded 304 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and eight pass defenses. Not only that, but he appeared in all 16 regular-season games in each of his first three NFL seasons before going on to miss his only four games in 2017-18. Over the course of his 12 appearances from a season ago, Hitchens produced a single-season career-high 84 total tackles alongside one forced fumble and two pass defenses.

With the Chiefs officially beginning a new era under the direction of soon-to-be second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City is actually revamping its entire roster. In addition to landing the aforementioned Watkins and now Hitchens, the Chiefs previously parted ways with both quarterback Alex Smith and cornerback Marcus Peters.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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