Former Penn State offensive lineman signed by Super Bowl champs

After being let go by the only team he has ever played for, former Penn State offensive lineman Donovan Smith has been signed by the defending Super Bowl champions. The Kansas City Chiefs announced the signing of Smith on Thursday after reports earlier this week suggested Smith would be joining the franchise as a free agent.

Smith, an eight-year veteran in the NFL, will add plenty of experience to the Kansas City offensive line. Smith has started all 124 games he has played in the NFL, including 13 last season for the Bucs. He will certainly be given a chance to be a starter for Kansas City, but he’ll also add a veteran presence with reliable experience to count on for the depth chart at the very least on his one-year contract.

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Smith’s one-year contract is valued at $9 million. According to Spotrac, Smith has earned over $60 million during his eight-year career in the NFL leading into the 2023 season.

Smith goes from protecting one future hall-of-fame quarterback to helping protect another by going from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Tom Brady to the Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes has won the Super Bowl twice, but he and the Chiefs did lose one against Smith and the Bucs, so Smith may not want to show off his Super Bowl ring too much around his new teammates. But maybe he’ll add another to his collection in 2023 as the Chiefs go for back-to-back championships.

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