The Kansas City Chiefs were favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champions before the NFL Draft even took place. A solid draft class was already set to come to town, highlighted by Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and the team got even better once some of the best undrafted free agents came off the board.
To the surprise of no one, the Chiefs landed a top undrafted player on offense in Vanderbilt wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb, who signed a nice guaranteed deal with the team.
Another significant commitment to an undrafted free agent: the #Chiefs are signing Vanderbilt WR Kalija Lipscomb to a contract that includes $110,000 guaranteed, including a $10K signing bonus, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 26, 2020
So Lipscomb went undrafted, only to sign a $110,000 guaranteed deal with the defending Super Bowl champions. Not a bad consolation after a disappointing draft for the receiver. He is also reunited with his college quarterback, Kyle Shurmur, who was signed by the Chiefs last year.
🔴🟡Welcome to the Chiefs WR Kalija Lipscomb! 🔴🟡 pic.twitter.com/QQORobEume
— CHIEFS HIGHLIGHTS (@ChiefsHighlight) April 25, 2020
Lipscomb had 2,356 career receiving yards and 22 touchdowns in four seasons at Vanderbilt. The team struggled during his tenure, and a glance at his stats may have dropped his draft stock. Yet the Chiefs believed in him enough to give him over $100,000, and not getting drafted may have worked out in the receiver’s favor.
He stands 6-0 and ran a 4.57 40-yard dash at the combine. That means more speed for the Chiefs, and a chance for Lipscomb to prove to all 31 other teams in the league that they made a huge mistake.