The Chiefs signed six players Tuesday to reserve-futures contracts: receiver Kenny Cook, defensive end Dominique Davis, linebacker Cameron Gordon, safety Jordan Kovacs, running back/fullback Trey Millard and defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu.
Reserve-futures contracts begin when the new league year opens in March and don’t count against teams’ current roster limits.
Cook, 23, arguably is the most notable of the bunch. A 6-foot-4, 218-pound wideout from Gardner-Webb, Cook was signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in May and was released before the 53-man roster deadline. He also spent time on the Chiefs’ practice squad during the season.
Davis, signed as an undrafted free agent by Pittsburgh in May, was listed at 6 feet 5, 285 pounds at Liberty University, where he was a senior captain in 2014 and recorded 61 tackles (12 for loss) with 7 1/2 sacks. He has not appeared an in NFL game.
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Gordon, 24, is listed at 6 feet 3 and 240 pounds. He recorded 40 tackles and five sacks as a senior at Michigan in 2013. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots the next year, and he has spent the last two training camps with them. He has not appeared an in NFL game.
Gordon was college teammates at Michigan with Kovacs, 25, who is listed at 5 feet 10, 208 pounds. He recorded 28 tackles and an interceptions as a senior in 2012, and signed with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent the next spring. He’s played in 27 games with the Dolphins, recorded 11 tackles and a sack, and has also spent time on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad.
Millard, 24, was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. As a senior at Oklahoma, Millard — a Columbia native who is listed at 6 feet 2 and 247 pounds — rushed 17 times for 97 yards and a touchdown as a fullback. He has not appeared an in NFL game.
Ta’amu, 25, is listed at 6 feet 3 and 348 pounds. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He’s appeared in 21 NFL games — including three starts for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 — and has recorded seven tackles. Ta’amu went to college at Washington.
Only players who are not on an NFL team’s active roster at the conclusion of the regular season are eligible for these contracts. Last January, the Chiefs signed three players who are still with the team — running back Spencer Ware, guard Jarrod Pughsley and receiver Fred Williams — to reserve-futures deals.