The Chiefs signed second-year defensive lineman Risean Broussard to a reserve-futures contract on Wednesday.
Broussard signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Hinds Community College in Mississippi last May. He was released a few weeks later, but the 6-foot-2, 278-pounder apparently made enough of an impression to get invited back this year.
“I think they saw a player that fits them and a guy they have room for,” said Broussard's agent, Keeth Taylor. “We felt like he'd get a second opportunity. Now we're hoping to make the most of it.”
Broussard played eight games in one season at Hinds Community College, recording 61 tackles, six tackles for a loss, six sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. He is still a raw prospect; Taylor said he only played one year of college football and 1 years of high school football, though he was still good enough to be named a three-star prospect by Rivals.com with offers from Oklahoma and Tennessee (he failed to qualify).
Since Broussard was released by the Chiefs last May, Taylor said he has worked out for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League and has also drawn some interest from a few Canadian Football League clubs.
“We felt he had the talent and God-given ability to play in the NFL so we wanted to exhaust that before going to the CFL,” Taylor said.
Broussard worked out with the Chiefs on Tuesday and signed a contract afterward. He is the fourth interior defensive lineman the team has signed to a reserve-futures contract since the season ended, joining defensive end Brandon Moore, defensive tackle Chas Alecxih and defensive end Dominique Hamilton.
This might not be a coincidence. The Chiefs never seemed to settle on a backup nose tackle behind starter Dontari Poe last season and one of their starting ends, Tyson Jackson, is a free agent coming off a strong season. It's conceivable another team could offer him a contract the Chiefs won't want to match.
Regardless, Taylor said Broussard is optimistic he'll get another chance to open some eyes and stick around a little longer this time.
“Kansas City, we felt, was the perfect place for him,” Taylor said. “He's glad to be back.”
Reserve-futures 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.
Here's a news segment from Broussard's hometown when he first signed with the Chiefs last year: