The Chiefs re-signed veteran outside linebacker Frank Zombo to a two-year deal over the weekend, but here are the particulars of the deal, along with some analysis:
• Zombo will receive $1.6 million in base salary over the course of the contract in addition to a $100,000 signing bonus.
• Zombo will have a cap number of $805,000 in 2014 and a cap number of $820,000 in 2015.
• Zombo’s deal includes a workout bonus of $25,000 in 2014 and $25,000 in 2015.
• The Chiefs currently have about $5.2 million in cap room. They will need about $4 million to $5 million to sign all their draft picks, but since they can still create more cap room by restructuring or cutting guys. This shouldn’t preclude them from chasing anyone they deem a free-agent bargain.
This deal represents a raise for Zombo, who only earned $630,000 last season and received no signing bonus on a one-year deal. If Zombo, 27, somehow greatly improves this year or next, it sets him up to be paid more in 2016, when he’s still 29.
But make no mistake about it, this is also a good deal for the Chiefs, who get a valuable special teams player and a decent backup for Tamba Hali and Justin Houston for cheap. Zombo’s Pro Football Focus run defense grade (6.3) is really good, but his pass rush grade (negative-7.1) leaves a lot to be desired. Regardless, Zombo is a professional and someone who won’t embarrass the Chiefs out there.