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Chiefs tender four players as exclusive-rights free agents

The Chiefs have tendered running back Charcandrick West, safety Daniel Sorensen and defensive linemen Nick Williams and David King as exclusive-rights free agents, sources told The Star on Friday.

The Chiefs signed West, 24, as an undrafted free agent in May 2014. He appeared in six games as a rookie, mostly as a special teamer, before taking over the role of lead running back in October 2015, once star Jamaal Charles went down with a season-ending ACL injury. West proceeded to rush 160 times for 634 yards and four touchdowns, while also catching 20 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown, for a team that won 11 of its final 12 games and won a playoff game for the first time in 22 years.

Sorensen, 25, was signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in May 2014. He appeared in nine games as a rookie and took on a larger role in 2015, when he recorded 23 tackles, two pass deflections and a sack in 16 games. He was a core special-teams player, but he also logged 240 defensive snaps as a subpackage safety.

The Chiefs signed Williams, 26, off the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad in November 2014. Williams, who is listed at 6 feet 4 and 309 pounds, was selected by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He earned the first meaningful playing time of his career in 2015, recording nine tackles in 14 games while logging 192 defensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

King, 26, was claimed off waivers by the Chiefs from Seattle in November. He is listed as 6 feet 4 and 281 pounds. A former Oklahoma Sooner, King was a seventh-round draft pick in 2013 by the Philadelphia Eagles, and has also spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals. During his three-year NFL career he has recorded a total of four tackles, 1  1/2 sacks and two pass deflections.

Exclusive-rights free agents are players with two or fewer accrued seasons in NFL whose contracts have ended. These types of players were, most typically, originally picked up as undrafted free agents.

Once tendered a one-year contract at the league minimum, they can only negotiate with their current team. The deadline for teams to offer tenders to their exclusive-rights free agents is March 9.