Chiefs Sign Free Agent RB DeAndre Washington to One-Year Deal

DeAndre Washington #33 with the Oakland Raiders in 2019. Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs and free agent running back DeAndre Washington have agreed to a one-year contract that will reunite two former teammates at Texas Tech University in the team’s backfield.

Patrick Mahomes, the star quarterback of the reigning Super Bowl champions, expressed his excitement after learning of his team’s newest addition in a Twitter post on Wednesday.

Washington spent the first four seasons of his career with the Oakland Raiders, the team that drafted him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. His career with the black and silver mainly saw him be used as a backup, although he did get more chances to run the ball at the end of last season.

The 5’8″, 210 pound back is known for tough running and being difficult for defenders to take down.

The 27-year-old set a career-high with 16 games played and 3 games started last season. He amassed 387 rushing yards on 108 attempts, scoring three touchdowns. Perhaps even more impressive was his work in the passing game, where he caught 36 passes for 292 yards.

The Chiefs made this signing to improve their depth at the running back position. Washington is expected to share time on the field with Damien Williams and Darwin Thompson in the team’s pass-heavy attack.