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A closer look at three new Chiefs players

Updated: 2014-01-07T21:58:32Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

So by now you probably know the Chiefs signed 12 players to reserve/future contracts Monday, including eight players who ended the season on the practice squad and one player who ended the year on injured reserve.

But the Chiefs did add three new free agents off the street ― cornerback Kevin Rutland, defensive tackle Chas Alecxih and receiver Fred Williams ― so for the purposes of this blog, those are the guys we’ll take a little closer look at.

Rutland, 25, was signed by Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent out of Missouri in 2011. He spent parts of two seasons with the Jaguars, recording 31 tackles and an interception, before he was waived in September.

Here’s a quick video of him with the Jaguars.

Alecxih, 24, is listed at 6 feet 3 and 296 pounds, and went undrafted out of Pittsburgh in 2012. He signed with Miami and appeared briefly on “Hard Knocks” before he was released in training camp of 2012.

Here’s the link to Alecxih’s scouting combine video.

Williams, 25, joined the Chiefs’ practice squad for a week in December after spending two years with the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League, where he caught 137 passes for 1,698 yards and 32 touchdowns in two seasons.

Williams was a first-team All-America selection at St. Cloud State. He went undrafted in 2011.

Here’s a highlight tape from his time in college.

Remember, future/reserve contracts begin when the new league year opens in March and don’t count against the current roster limit. They essentially allow teams to sign players for the upcoming season even though the new season has not begun yet. Only players who are not on an NFL team’s active roster at the conclusion of the regular season are eligible for these contracts.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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