Linebacker Drue Tranquill has signed a one-year deal worth up to $5 million with the Kansas City Chiefs. Tranquill has spent the entirety of his career thus far with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Sources: One-year, up to $5M for Drue Tranquill to the #Chiefs, who I’m told chose Kansas City over five other suitors. https://t.co/NjlxDZVhlk
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 17, 2023
Drue Tranquill, Kansas City Chiefs, Agree to Contract
Drue Tranquill had his breakout season in 2022 – and at a good time too, given that it was the last year of his rookie contract. He was in on 146 tackles (95 solo, eight for a loss) and had five sacks, one forced fumble, and one interception. Most of his numbers this past season were career highs. In the Wildcard loss in the playoffs, he caught an interception off a tipped pass early in the game. He also had five tackles in that game. He proved to be one of the Chargers standout players on defense.
Tranquill played college football with Notre Dame from 2014 to 2018. He won the Wuerffel Trophy in 2018. His best season on the field came in 2017 when he finished with 85 tackles (10.5 for a loss), 1.5 sacks, and one interception. In 2019 he was drafted by the Chargers in the fourth round. While he was not a full-time starter right away, he did play a notable rotational role and was in on 75 tackles. While his numbers on the stat sheet didn’t jump out per se, he did well enough to get a spot on the 2019 PFWA All-Rookie Team.
He went into the 2020 season as the starter, but suffered a broken ankle in the very first game of the season, and was ruled out for the year. He returned in 2021 and was in on 76 tackles that year, and also had 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. It was a fine comeback season after the injury the previous year, but his full breakout would not come until a year later.
Tranquill thus far in his career has 298 tackles (202 solo), 6.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, and one recovery.
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