Chiefs who signed Donovan Smith to a 1-year deal and invested in more OL protection for Patrick Mahomes

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The Kansas City Chiefs sign offensive tackle Donovan Smith to a one-year deal worth up to $9 million, per NFL network.

With Smith having played his entire career at left tackle and in the off-season signing Jawaan Taylor who has primarily played right tackle, that is the route the Chiefs are expected to take for the 2023 season, according to Tom Pelissero.

In his eight seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Smith has started and appeared in 124 regular season games and seven playoff games. The Bucs selected Smith in the second round (No. 34 overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft. Since 2015, he has had only 49 accepted penalties against him, 29 for holding and 20 false starts. Smith also has a Super Bowl on his resume and won a championship at home with the Bucs to close out the 2020 season.

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The Chiefs are getting more protection for their defensive Super Bowl and league MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He joins offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor, who signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the team in March. Kansas City also re-signed offensive lineman Nick Allegretti.

That’s good news for Mahomes and the Chiefs. Mahomes was sacked 26 times last year, ranking 22nd among quarterbacks. The Chiefs offensive line was already among the top in the league and the unit looks to be going strong this year as well.

According to Caesars Sportsbook, the Chiefs currently have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl (+600).

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