Chiefs sign DT Kevin Vickerson

The Kansas City Chiefs began reconstructing their injury-depleted defense Tuesday by signing former Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson to a one-year contract, the Kansas City Star reports.

Vickerson will have the opportunity to start right away. The Chiefs lost defensive tackle Mike DeVito for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon in Sunday’s 26-10 loss to Tennessee.

The 31-year-old Vickerson spent the past four seasons in Denver, where the Chiefs visit on Sunday, and was waived just prior to the season. He played well two years ago, making 40 tackles and a pair of sacks, but seemed to regress a bit last season. He began his career in Tennessee and has made 153 tackles and 6 ½ sacks over seven seasons.

Jaye Howard took the majority of snaps after DeVito left the game. Vance Walker will also have a chance to earn playing time after signing as a free agent in the offseason.

The Chiefs are also looking for a linebacker after losing Derrick Johnson to his own ruptured Achilles tendon, working out several potential replacements early this week. Joe Mays, who was signed in the offseason, is on injured reserve following surgery to repair a broken wrist. He carries the designation to return, but that’s unlikely for a while.

James-Michael Johnson and Josh Mauga are the next in line at middle linebacker. (Photo: (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

BRONCOS DT KEVIN VICKERSON SUFFERS DISLOCATED HIP, MAY BE PLACED ON IR - Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson suffered a dislocated hip in the second half of the team’s loss to New England, ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.

A dislocated hip is a minimum eight-week injury. With five weeks left in the regular season, the Broncos are expected to place Vickerson on season-ending injured reserve.

Although the Broncos will rely on Williams and Mitch Unrein to split Vickerson’s role as the starting left defensive tackle. Terrance Knighton is the Broncos’ right defensive tackle.

Williams is a rookie defensive tackle who was the Broncos’ first-round draft pick in April, who started slowly this season. He was a healthy scratch three times from the team’s game-day roster, most recently against Washington and San Diego in games 8 and 9.

But Williams played 16 defensive snaps two weeks ago against Kansas City, and with Vickerson down Sunday night, Williams played a season-high 36 snaps.

Vickerson is the second defensive starter the Broncos have lost in two weeks. Last week, the Broncos placed safety Rahim Moore on injured reserve designated to return in six weeks after he underwent surgery to correct a blood-flow condition in his lower left leg. (Report: David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets, DT Kevin Vickerson agree to one-year deal 

The New York Jets and former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson agreed to a one-year contract on Friday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Vickerson, 32, had 12 tackles in 15 games for the Chiefs last season. He is expected to give the Jets depth on the defensive line after Kenrick Ellis signed with the Giants as a free agent. Defensive tackle Leger Douzable is also a free agent.

Vickerson (6-5, 328) could play defensive end in the Jets’ 3-4 scheme. He was listed as the Chiefs’ backup left end last season, and he also played end in Denver’s 3-4 scheme earlier in his career.

Vickerson also has been with Denver (2010-2013), Tennessee (2007-2009) and Miami (2005-2006) during his 10-year career. He has 165 career tackles, 6 ½ sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

Vickerson was a seventh-round pick of the Dolphins out of Michigan State in 2005.