KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs beefed up the blocking portion of their tight end group Wednesday, picking up Randall Telfer from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for linebacker Dadi Nicolas.
Telfer, a 6-foot-4 run blocker from USC, played in 30 games for the Browns, who selected him in the sixth round of 2015 draft. He missed his rookie season with a foot injury, but caught five passes for 40 yards the last two seasons.
But Telfer established himself with the Browns as a run blocker. The Chiefs have struggled in recent seasons finding an effective blocking-first tight end, especially in multiple tight end formations and short-yardage situations. The club picked up Orson Charles last season to shore up their blocking but Telfer adds more resources at the position.
The Browns named Telfer as their 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year. The 25-year-old tight end contributed his time under the #Give10 and #GiveBackTuesday social media campaigns, making him a familiar sight at Cleveland area hospitals, schools and first-responder stations during weekly charitable and volunteer appearances. Telfer also makes frequent appearances at the LA Children’s Hospital near his offseason home in California.
The Chiefs drafted Nicolas in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft from Virginia Tech. Nicolas played in 11 games as a rookie, mostly on special teams. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder showcased good speed and quickness in his transition to outside linebacker.
Nicolas suffered a torn patellar tendon during the 2016 season finale against the then San Diego Chargers. He started the 2017 season on physically unable to perform list before moving to injured reserve.