Chiefs sign LB Tautvydas Kieras

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs on Friday announced the signing of former Mississippi State track star Tautvydas Kieras.

Kieras, who holds the school record in the discus throw, didn’t play college football and began training in January to make the transition.

The native of Lithuania graduated in December 2015 and participated in Mississippi State’s recent Pro Day workout, where he measured 6-3, 271 pounds, according to the school’s official blog,

While he lacks football experience, the 24-year-old Kieras apparently did enough during the workouts to earn a contract as a developmental player with the Chiefs.

Kieras, whom the Chiefs list as a linebacker, becomes the second player Kansas City has signed without college football experience in the past week.

The Chiefs recently brought aboard linebacker Efe Obada, who gained a spot as an undrafted free agent on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad last year after playing in the British American Football Association.


Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.