Typical Kelly Gregg - always in the middle of things deep in the trenches. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
When I saw that second-year Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones was now wearing the #97 jersey in Training Camp the other day, I knew that the odds of the team re-signing veteran DT Kelly Gregg were slim and none. Now the "slim" is out of the question and the "none" is confirmed, as Gregg has signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to an article by Joe Fortenbaugh in the National Football Post.
Gregg signed the one-year deal, knowing that the Ravens could not afford to bring him back and based on their depth on the interior of the defensive line and other more pressing needs, as well as his NFL-advanced age (34) and past injury status, his time was up with the only team he had ever known.
The ten-year veteran goes to the AFC West defending champions with a chance to start, make an impact and mentor some of the younger players on their defensive line. His personality and non-stop motor will be an excellent source of encouragement and in many ways, despite being new to the Chief's system, he will be another coach on the field for Kansas City.
Good luck, 'Buddy Lee' and thanks for the memories.