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Chiefs Sign Three Players, Release Two

July 27, 1996

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ The Kansas City Chiefs signed three players, including two 1996 draft picks, released one player and announced the retirement of another.

Defensive back Reggie Tongue, a second-round draft pick from Oregon State, signed a four-year contract, the club announced Friday. While at Oregon State, Tongue tied a Pacific-10 record by returning four interceptions for touchdowns. He made nine interceptions and had 362 tackles, 205 of them solo.

The Chiefs also signed their sixth-round draft pick, wide receiver Dietrich Jells of Pitt, to a three-year contract. He was the top receiver in school history, catching 160 passes for 3,003 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Cornerback Rogerick Green, who spent last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, signed a one-year deal. He was originally the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ fifth-round pick out of Kansas State in 1992. Green had 13 tackles for Jacksonville, which acquired him in the expansion draft from Tampa Bay.

Linebacker Jerrott Willard announced his retirement Friday. Willard was a fifth-round draft choice in 1995, but spent last season on the injured reserve list after undergoing operations on both knees.

The Chiefs also released guard Elias Faupula on Friday after he failed to pass his physical.

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