KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs added two new players ahead of Thursday’s sixth offseason training workout, signing third-year tight end Orson Charles and rookie safety Damariay Drew.
Charles, a fourth-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals, appeared in 31 games in parts of three seasons with the Bengals and the Detroit Lions. He also spent time with Tennessee and New Orleans. The 6-3, 247-pound tight end owns nine career catches for 109 yards.
Drew is an undrafted free agent from California. He posted a 4.6 40-yard dash time during his pro day in March.
The 5-11, 200-pound strong safety missed his 2016 senior season following a knee injury sustained during spring workouts last year. He tallied 71 tackles including four for a loss along with two interceptions as a junior in 2015.
The club made room for the signings by waiving wide receiver Jamari Staples and safety Devin Chappell.
Staples did not appear on the practice field during OTAs since the team’s first workout last week. The NFL transaction report lists Staples as leaving the team.
Chappell observed practice from the sidelines in recent days after sustaining an undisclosed injury. The Chiefs waived Chappell with an injury designation.
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