Spencer Ware took on a larger role this offseason than he had in the past.
The running back thought the team was missing one important piece, so he became a recruiter, and maybe solved the puzzle.
Ware lured in run-stopper Bennie Logan in free agency. He said after playing with the defensive lineman at Louisiana State, he figured he’d fit in.
“We came out in the draft together,” Ware said. “This is the place to be. I told him it reminded me of those hard days in camp and just the tenacity of this team. And coach Andy Reid, how he wants that toughness to come out of people, offense and defense. Just the physicality reminded me of how our time spent at LSU was with that team we had down there.”
Ware told his former Tiger teammate that the bond was special with the Chiefs. And Logan trusted him. The Chiefs gave the former Philadelphia Eagle a one-year deal worth $8 million to replace nose tackle Dontari Poe, who departed to the Atlanta Falcons.
A Seattle Seahawks sixth-round pick in 2013, Ware was cut twice but made the most of his opportunities two years ago.
Starting running back Jamaal Charles was injured in Week 5 of 2015, and he never fully recovered. So it was Ware’s turn.
He has started 25 games and scored 11 touchdowns since. This offseason, the Chiefs released Charles, a cornerstone piece for nearly a decade, making Ware the No. 1 running back in training camp.
But time will tell if he remains the top guy. The Chiefs drafted running back Kareem Hunt out of Toledo with the 86th pick in the draft, the highest pick the Chiefs have…
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