KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For the second straight year, free agency for the Kansas City Chiefs is more about taking care of their own than bringing in outside help.
The Chiefs have added reserve safety Daniel Sorensen to the list of players they’ll retain. He agreed to terms on a contract that the NFL Network reported is four years and $16 million. Sorensen was a restricted free agent.
Before the start of free agency, the Chiefs signed Eric Berry to a contract that makes him the highest-paid safety in the NFL. They also extended the contract of guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif a year before he was set to become a free agent.
Sorensen is the kind of player who would have been difficult for the Chiefs to lose. They signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and watched him grow from a special-teams player to one of their more valuable defenders.
Between interceptions and fumbles forced and recovered, Sorensen was involved in seven takeaways last season. That put him second on the Chiefs, which is excellent for a part-time player. He played mostly in passing situations.
The Chiefs proved they valued Sorensen even when he was a restricted free agent. They had placed a second-round tender on him at a one-year contract offer of $2.7 million; they wanted some insurance in case they lost him to another team.
The Chiefs will inevitably lose some free agents in the coming days who they would prefer to retain -- probably nose tackle Dontari Poe and quarterback Nick Foles. They’ll also sign some players from the outside. There is a place, in particular, for a veteran inside linebacker.
But for the most part, their lineup will look familiar when they begin next season, and that’s by design.