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Gregg is short-term fix with long-term benefits

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By Eli Kaberon

NT Kelly Gregg was signed by the Chiefs to do more than just shore up their defensive line and be a run stuffer in the middle of the 3-4 scheme. A 12-year veteran, the last 10 with the Ravens, Gregg has a wealth of knowledge about playing the position, and the team is hoping he will be a great mentor to rookie Jerrell Powe. There was some discussion that the team would pursue the top nose tackle on the market, Aubrayo Franklin, who is four years younger and noticeably quicker than Gregg is. However, we hear that management is high on Powe, their sixth-round pick, and views him as a potential starter in coming years. The 34-year-old Gregg should be able to capably man the position for the next season or so while Powe develops, and the team saves a lot of salary-cap space going forward by opting for the less-expensive player instead of the high-priced Franklin.

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