The Chiefs are adding a talented young pass rusher to their defensive line.
Kansas City and former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth up to $20 million, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Tuesday night with The Star.
The contract won’t become official until 3 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday — the start of the NFL’s new calendar year.
Omenihu, 25, is coming off a season in which he appeared in 17 games with three starts, posting career highs in tackles (20) and sacks (4.5). He also recorded a career-high-tying 16 quarterback hits.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Omenihu entered the league in 2019 as a fifth-round pick with the Houston Texans out of Texas. The Texans traded Omenihu to the 49ers in 2021. He appeared in 61 games (10 starts), totaling 40 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 41 quarterback hits.
But he may face suspension in the next season. were omnihu Arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence On January 23, San Jose police reported that Omenihu’s girlfriend said he “pushed her to the ground during an argument.” Police said officers “did not see any physical injuries to the victim, (but) although she was complaining of pain in her arm.”
The NFL later stated that the situation involving Omenihuwho played in the NFC Championship Game later that week against the Philadelphia Eagles, would be reviewed according to the league’s personal conduct policy.
Omenihu provides flexibility on the Chiefs’ defensive line as he can play on either side. His presence boosts the Chiefs’ pass rush corps along with George Karlftis and Mike Dana.
The Chiefs previously released defensive end Frank Clark, while Carlos Dunlap became an unrestricted free agent Wednesday afternoon.
NFL Network first reported News of Omenihu signing with KC.