A day after signing Melvin Gordon, the Chiefs add another former Pro Bowler to their practice squad. The team brings in former Pro Bowl Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams,. Williams hopes to be added to the Chiefs’ 53-man roster soon.
Williams, 33, had remained on the open market since his contract with the Ravens expired this offseason. After waiting for the right opportunity, Williams is set to join a team that is 9-2 and is in control to receive a playoff bye as well as home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
A third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Williams made 114 regular-season starts during his nine seasons in Baltimore. He made the Pro Bowl in 2018 while helping the Ravens win the division that year after a 4-5 start. In total, Williams had 323 tackles (33 for loss), 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 11 passes defended during his time in Baltimore.
The Chiefs’ current depth chart at defensive tackle includes starters Chris Jones and Derrick Nnadi as well as substitutes Khalen Saunders and Taylor Stallworth. Jones currently leads Kansas City with 10 sacks. Nnadi has recorded just 17 tackles and no sacks in 11 starts. Saunders has 2.5 sacks and 35 sacks in his relief role. Stallworth had three tackles in five games.
Kansas City is loaded with talent as it continues its quest to host the AFC Championship Game for a record fifth straight year. As mentioned, the team recently acquired Gordon, a two-time Pro Bowl running back for the Chargers who spent the past two seasons in Denver. Gordon joins a Chiefs backfield that has benefited from the emergence of rookie Isiah Pacheco, who leads the team with 455 rushing yards.
The Chiefs will face the Bengals this Sunday in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game. After a slow start, the Bengals have won seven of their last nine games behind quarterback Joe Burrow’s stellar play and a defense that has held five opponents to less than 20 points.