Pioli keeps another key Chief

Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli continued his trend of locking up key players, this time it was reliable kicker Ryan Succop.

Succop, the final pick of the 2009 draft, signed a five-year extension worth $14 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He received a $2 million signing bonus and $2 million in guaranteed salary for 2012.

Schefter reports Succop can max it out at $14.675 million if he is voted to the Pro Bowl and team makes playoffs every year.

Succop is having an excellent season. He has made 24 of 29 field-goal attempts. He had a string of 22 straight field goals until last week when the Raiders' Richard Seymour blocked a pair of 49-yard attempts; including one at the end of regulation of an Oakland overtime win in overtime.

Pioli has been aggressive in signing players since he joined the Chiefs three years ago. The Chiefs’ biggest free agents this winter are receiver Dwayne Bowe and cornerbacks Brandon Carr.

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