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Chiefs express interest in retaining defensive end Mike DeVito

Chiefs defensive end Mike DeVito (70) sacks Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) during their Jan. 3 football game at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs defensive end Mike DeVito (70) sacks Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) during their Jan. 3 football game at Arrowhead Stadium. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Since defensive end Mike DeVito arrived in Kansas City in 2013, he has been an important cog in the Chiefs’ run defense.

And while DeVito, 31, is set to hit free agency in March, a source confirmed to The Star on Saturday that the Chiefs have expressed interest in re-signing him.

DeVito, who is listed at 6 feet 3 and 305 pounds, recorded 19 tackles and a career-high three sacks in 2015. The Chiefs’ run defense also improved from 28th in 2014 — which he missed with a torn ACL — to eighth in 2015.

DeVito joined the Chiefs in 2013 as a run-stopping defensive end in their base 3-4 scheme. He signed a three-year deal worth $12.6 million.

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