Report: Chiefs add more leadership on defense

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs are clearly interested in getting as much defensive leadership as possible.

The Kansas City Star is reporting that the Chiefs have agreed to terms with former Chicago safety Mike Brown. Brown, 31, visited Kansas City a few weeks ago. Cleveland was also showing interest.

Brown was a big-time playmaker for Chicago, but he has been decimated by injuries in recent seasons. He was healthy last season (he played in 15 games) but he played just seven games the two previous years combined. Brown showed he can still make an impact, though, last year as he had 73 tackles and two interceptions.

Brown will compete with starters Bernard Pollard and Jarrad Page for playing time. Because of his injuries, Brown has lost some range and will likely be better against the run than the pass.

Brown gives Kansas City another new leader on defense. General manager Scott Pioli brought in linebackers Zach Thomas and Mike Vrabel this offseason. Like Brown, Thomas and Vrabel are players over the age of 30 known for their leadership skills.

With these three veteran players in the fold, the mostly young Kansas City defense should be brought along nicely. Brown is not a unit-changing player, but he has enough skill remaining that he should help the team if he can stay healthy.