Kansas City Chiefs bringing back defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, his agency announces

The Chiefs on Tuesday brought back one of their own.

Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi re-signed with the Chiefs, his agency, SportsTrust Advisors, announced on Twitter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-1, 317-pound Nnadi originally joined the Chiefs in 2018 as a third-round pick out of Florida State. He tested the free-agency market in 2022 before returning on a one-year deal and contributed to the Chiefs’ Super Bowl-winning season.

With the Chiefs losing defensive tackle Khalen Saunders last week in free agency, Nnadi’s return ensures stability on the interior of the defensive line alongside Chris Jones. The Chiefs could still opt to bolster their depth at defensive tackle either through free agency or the NFL Draft.

Over the past five seasons in Kansas City, the 26-year-old Nnadi has appeared in 81 regular-season games with 69 starts, totaling 193 tackles, four sacks, seven quarterback hits, an interception and a forced fumble. He was a member of the Chiefs’ two Super Bowl-wining teams (2019, 2022).

Ronald Jones finds new home

Chiefs running back Ronald Jones agreed to terms Tuesday with the Dallas Cowboys, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.

Jones, 25, was KC’s third running back for much of last year, playing in seven combined regular-season and playoff games with 18 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown.

Here’s a complete look at what the Chiefs have done in free agency since last week’s start of the NFL’s new calendar year:


  • T Jawaan Taylor (four-year deal)

  • DE Charles Omenihu (two-year deal)

  • S Mike Edwards (one-year deal)

  • LB Drue Tranquill (one-year deal)


  • C/G Nick Allegetti (one-year deal)

  • DL Tershawn Wharton (one-year deal)

  • DT Derrick Nnadi (terms undisclosed)


  • RFA P Tommy Townsend (right-of-first-refusal level)

  • ERFA TE Jody Fortson

  • ERFA QB Shane Buechele

  • ERFA TE Prince Tega Wanogho


  • T Orlando Brown Jr., who agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.

  • T Andrew Wylie, who agreed to terms on three-year deal with Washington Commanders.

  • FB Michael Burton, who agreed to terms on one-year deal with Denver Broncos.

  • WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, who agreed to terms on three-year deal with New England Patriots.

  • DT Khalen Saunders, who agreed to terms on three-year deal with New Orleans Saints.

  • S Juan Thornhill, who agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.

  • RB Ronald Jones, who agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys


  • QB Chad Henne (previously announced retirement)

  • RB Jerick McKinnon

  • WR Mecole Hardman

  • WR Justin Watson

  • TE Blake Bell

  • DE Frank Clark (released)

  • DE Carlos Dunlap

  • S Deon Bush

  • LB Darius Harris (not tendered as an RFA)