The Chiefs continued their ongoing efforts to improve depth at safety, claiming Brock Vereen off waivers from New England on Wednesday.
To make room for Vereen, the Chiefs released safety Akeem Davis.
Vereen, a 24-year-old former fourth-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2014, retired on Monday and changed his mind Tuesday. The Patriots then waived him.
He played in 16 games with four starts as a rookie, recording 39 combined tackles, a pass deflection, an interception and a forced fumble. Vereen was released by the Bears three games into the 2015 season and was signed to the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad a few days later and released in mid-November. He was signed to the Patriots’ practice squad before agreeing to a reserve-futures contract in January.
Vereen, 5 feet 11 and 199 pounds, was one of the top performers in his position at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.47-second 40-yard dash, 25 bench press reps, 6.90-second three-cone drill and 4.07-second 20-yard shuttle.
That athleticism — plus his background as a cornerback, a position he played often in college at Minnesota — is what likely put Vereen on the radar of the Chiefs, who have favored athletic, versatile safeties since coach Andy Reid and John Dorsey arrived in 2013.