The Kansas City Chiefs announced that they have signed fifth-round safety Kendrick Lewis.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed, though the Chiefs emulate the "Pittsburgh model", and sign their mid-to-late draft choices to three-year contracts. As such, Lewis' contract is likely in the $1.37 million dollar range, with a signing bonus of around $155,000.
UPDATE: Lewis signed a four-year contract. With only two late-round picks to sign, it appears that the Chiefs are going with the four-year agreements for six of their seven picks. Eric Berry will sign a five or six-year deal.
Lewis entered Mississippi as a wide receiver, catching five passes for 31 yards before moving to the defensive backfield as a sophomore. A started in 33 of his final 38 games for the Rebels, Lewis (6-0, 198) totaled 226 tackles, including 10 for a loss and three quarterback sacks, with six interceptions and 18 passes defensed.
Chosen with the 136th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Lewis' immediate contributions are expected to be on special teams, though head coach Todd Haley has hinted that he wouldn't hesitate to start a pair of rookies at safety this season.
Lewis is the first of the Chiefs' seven draft picks to sign a contract.