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Chiefs Sign Riley for Five Years

July 2, 1998

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Kansas City Chiefs, looking for a left tackle to protect quarterback Elvis Grbac, signed first-round draft pick Victor Riley to a five-year contract Thursday.

Riley, 6-foot-5 and 321 pounds, is the Chiefs’ next effort to replace John Alt, a two-time Pro Bowler and tough performer who retired last summer after 13 seasons and recurring back problems.

Riley was drafted first by the Chiefs after the team gave up on Trezelle Jenkins, a No. 1 pick in the 1995 draft from Michigan. Jenkins was waived.

Terms of the agreement with Riley were not announced by the Chiefs, who are optimistic about making another run at the Super Bowl with a stiff defense and an improved passing game. The missing link for the team is at running back following the retirement of Marcus Allen.

Chiefs president Carl Peterson, who has drawn criticism for making a mistake on Jenkins, said Riley was expected to be a starter quickly.

Riley, from Auburn, protected Dameyune Craig for the Tigers and also is considered a solid run-blocker.

He is the fourth first-round pick to sign. Vonnie Holliday has signed with the Packers, Tra Thomas has signed with the Eagles and Keith Brooking has signed with the Falcons.

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