While dealing with a high-profile absence along the defensive interior, the Chiefs are turning to a division rival for depth. Kansas City is acquiring defensive tackle Neil Farrell from the Raiders in return for a sixth-round pick, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Farrell was a fourth-round selection for Vegas last season, making him one of the initial draftees under general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels. His time with the team will prove to be very short lived, however, consisting solely of a rookie season during which he played nine games. Farrell was used in a rotational capacity, logging 158 defensive snaps.
The LSU alum recorded 12 tackles and a pair of quarterback hits during the season, making him one of several members of the Raiders’ front seven who failed to make much of a statistical impact. Moving on so quickly in his pro career – and in particular, by shipping him to Kansas City – is certainly surprising. Vegas will incur a dead money charge of $180K in each of the next three seasons, while seeing annual cap savings of between $870K and $1.1MM over that span.
The Chiefs have been without All-Pro Chris Jones during the offseason, and he recently spoke about the possibility of his holdout extending into the regular season. One year remains on Jones’ deal, but he is seeking a considerable raise on another multi-year Chiefs pact. This move will give the defending champions another depth option at the DT spot, but it could also represent an acknowledgement that Jones may not be in the lineup by Week 1.
In any case, Farrell will join a Chiefs team which also has Derrick Nnadi and Danny Shelton in place along the defensive front, along with sixth-round rookie Keondre Coburn. The Raiders will move forward with a group led by Jerry Tillery, John Jenkins, Bilal Nichols, Adam Butler and rookie third-rounder Byron Young as they look to take a needed step forward on defense in 2023.