KC Chiefs rookie contract signing tracker: Karlaftis first

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The Kansas City Chiefs officially signed one of their 2022 draft picks to a contract Friday afternoon, with plenty following afterward.

Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis – the Chiefs took him in with the 30th pick in the NFL Draft last week – has signed a fully guaranteed four-year contract that was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Later on Friday the the team announced that they had signed six more from his draft class:

  • First round defensive back Trent McDuffie
  • Second-round defensive back Bryan Cook
  • Fifth-round offensive lineman Darian Kinnard
  • Seventh-rounders Jaylen Watson (defensive back), Isiah Pacheco (back) and Nazeeh Johnson (defensive back)

Second-round receiver Skyy Moore, third-round linebacker Leo Chenal and fourth-round cornerback Joshua Williams remain the three players drafted by the Chiefs who have yet to sign.

Since the NFL implemented the rookie pay scale in 2011, these rookie signings have become mostly procedural in nature. Because of this, most if not all of KC’s newly drafted players will need to sign once they arrive in Kansas City for this weekend’s rookie minicamp, which runs Saturday through Monday.

Also on Friday, the Chiefs announced they had waived backup center Austin Reiter. After playing 42 games with the Chiefs from 2018-20, Reiter spent time with Miami and New Orleans last season before re-signing with Kansas City in March.

This story was originally published May 6, 2022 12:46 p.m.

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