Chiefs start work in free agency

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs got started in re-signing their own potential free agents Thursday after reaching a deal with veteran long-snapper Thomas Gafford. He signed as he did last season for the one-year veteran minimum, which is $730,000. The contract also includes $25,000 worth of bonuses but he will count only $595,000 against the Chiefs' salary cap.

The Chiefs brought in competition for Gafford last year in the offseason but he survived and responded with a solid season. Gafford isn't the key to the Chiefs' special-teams success but he is a part of it. That's why re-signing him for the 2014 season was a good move.