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Chiefs Agree to Terms with 17 Rookie Free Agents

May 02, 2008, 10:02:07 AM

Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Friday that the club has agreed to terms of two-year contracts with 17 rookie free agents. WR Jabari Arthur, WR Sean Bailey, K Connor Barth, FB Mike Cox, G Ian-Yates Cunningham, DE Johnny Dingle, S Ron Girault, CB Maurice Leggett, DT Derek Lokey, G Chris McDuffie, RB Kalvin McRae, DT Maurice Murray, LB Steve Octavien, DE Jason Parker, DE Jonal Saint-Dic, QB Ricky Santos and WR Luke Swan all agreed to terms.

WR Jabari Arthur (6-4, 219) appeared in 45 games (25 starts) at Akron catching 184 passes for 2,653 yards (14.4 avg.) with 17 TDs. As a senior Arthur led the team with 86 catches for 1,171 yards with 10 TDs. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Arthur earned league MVP honors as a high school sophomore and senior at Vanier Prep.

WR Sean Bailey (6-1, 184) played in 32 games (24 starts) at Georgia, hauling in 73 passes for 1,251 yards (17.1 avg.) with seven touchdowns. Started all 12 games as a senior and posted 37 catches for 597 yards and four TDs. The Alpharetta, Georgia native was a USA Today first-team All-USA receiver as a prep at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Georgia.

K Connor Barth (5-11, 193) served as North Carolina’s kicker in all 47 games of his four-year career with the Tar Heels. He made 54 of 71 career field goals (76.1 pct.), including four from 50+ yards and connected on 103 of 106 extra points for 265 total points. The Wilmington, North Carolina product was a first-team high school All-America pick at Hoggard High School in Wilmington, North Carolina.

FB Mike Cox (6-0, 252) played in 47 games (33 starts) at Georgia Tech, totaling 30 catches for 217 yards (7.2 avg.) with one touchdown. He also rushed 10 times for 63 yards (6.3 avg.) and completed his only pass attempt for 17 yards during his career with the Yellow Jackets. The Lewisberry, Pennsylvania product was a prep standout at Red Land High School in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania.

G Ian-Yates Cunningham (6-3, 296) appeared in 43 games (31 starts) at both right and left guard for Virginia. A teammate of Chiefs first-round draft pick T/G Branden Albert, Cunningham started all 25 games over his final two seasons with the Cavaliers. The 2003 ACC All-Freshman Team selection was a prep standout at Hebron High School in Plano, Texas.

DE Johnny Dingle (6-1, 265) saw action in 37 games (19 starts) as a defensive end for West Virginia, compiling 79 tackles (52 solo) with 14.5 sacks, 28 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, four QB pressures and three passes defensed. A Miami, Florida native, Dingle was a four-year starter at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami.

S Ron Girault (5-10, 204) appeared in 45 games (40 starts) at Rutgers, recording 271 tackles (160 solo), 1.5 sacks (-11.0 yards), nine tackles for loss, 10 INTs for 204 yards, seven passes defensed, four fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles. He also blocked two kicks on special teams. The Spring Valley, New York native was an all-state performer at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, New Jersey.

CB Maurice Leggett (5-11, 188) saw duty in 45 games at Valdosta State, logging 136 tackles (92 solo), nine tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, nine INTs, 23 passes defensed, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three blocked kicks. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native won two NCAA Division II National Championships at Valdosta State (2004 and 2007). He prepped at Mt. Zion High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

DT Derek Lokey (6-1, 287) played in 32 games (21 starts) during his four-year collegiate career at Texas. He piled up 101 career tackles (50 solo), 3.0 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, 30 QB pressures and three passes defensed. A native of Nacogdoches, Texas, Lokey earned Class 4A Player of the Year honors as a senior at Ryan High School in Denton, Texas.

G Chris McDuffie (6-4, 330) appeared in 46 games (16 start) for Clemson. A converted defensive tackle, McDuffie earned second-team All-America honors in his first season as a full-time starter on the offensive front in 2007. McDuffie was an all-state selection as a prep at George Washington High School in Danville, Virginia.

RB Kalvin McRae (5-9, 203) saw duty in 48 games (44 starts) at Ohio, rushing for 4,398 yards on 903 carries with 49 TDs and 21 100-yard games. He rewrote the Bobcat record books as a senior rushing 294 times for 1,434 yards with 19 touchdowns and nine 100-yard games. A Decatur, Georgia native, McRae attended Avondale High School in Avondale Estates, Georgia.

DT Maurice Murray (6-3, 334) appeared in 22 games at New Mexico State after transferring from Long Beach City College. He tallied 48 tackles (14 solo), seven stops for loss and 3.5 sacks. Murray won three state titles as a prep at Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, California.

LB Steve Octavien (6-0, 238) appeared in 22 games (10 starts) in three seasons at Nebraska after transferring from Harper College. He registered 128 career tackles (80 solo) with the Cornhuskers, to go along with 3.0 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, 11 QB pressures and five passes defensed. A product of Naples, Florida, Octavien was a prep standout at Naples Lely High School.

DE Jason Parker (6-3, 258) played in 34 games (13 starts) at Arizona, making 85 tackles (52 solo) with 7.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, an INT, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four passes defensed. A San Diego native, Parker earned All-Western League defensive player of the year honors as a senior at Mission Bay High School in San Diego.

DE Jonal Saint-Dic (6-0, 253) played in 25 games, making 14 starts during his collegiate career at Michigan State. A second-team Walter Camp All-America pick as a senior, he finished his career with 71 tackles (39 solo), 13.0 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and nine fumbles forced, including a Big Ten-record eight forced fumbles as a senior. A product of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Saint-Dic was a two-way starter at Elizabeth High School.

QB Ricky Santos (6-0, 209) started 50 games (49 starts) at New Hampshire, completing 1,122 of 1,636 passes for 13,212 yards, with 123 TDs and 33 INTs. A two-time All-America selection and Walter Payton Award winner as the top player in Division I-AA as a junior, he also added 505 carries for 1,415 yards and 30 touchdowns over his four-year collegiate career. A native of Norwood, Massachusetts, Santos was a four-sport letter-winner at Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Massachusetts.

WR Luke Swan (5-11, 191) played in 28 games (15 starts) at Wisconsin, catching 60 passes for 1,046 yards with seven TDs. As a senior he posted 25 catches for 451 yards with two TDs before a hamstring injury limited his season to six games. Swan was twice an all-state pick at Fennimore High School in Fennimore, Wisconsin.

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