KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs remained active in free agency on Wednesday, announcing a deal with cornerback Dunta Robinson and agreeing to a contract with former Colts wide receiver Donnie Avery.
The Chiefs also scheduled a news conference to introduce quarterback Alex Smith, who was acquired in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers when the new league year began Tuesday.
Under new general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs have been at work overhauling a team that went 2-14 last season, and will have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft for the first time. They have already signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to long-term deals, franchised left tackle Branden Albert, and agreed to contracts with free-agent tight end Anthony Fasano, defensive tackle Mike DeVito and backup quarterback Chase Daniel.
Robinson, who was cut by the Falcons three years into a six-year, $54 million deal, should provide depth across the defensive backfield for the Chiefs. He not only could play cornerback opposite Brandon Flowers, but he has the ability to play nickel back or back up starting safeties Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis.
The former first-round draft pick of the Texans, Robinson has played 131 games over nine NFL seasons with Houston and Atlanta. He has 580 career tackles, 5 1/2 sacks and 17 interceptions with 87 pass breakups.
The Chiefs have had a gaping void at cornerback ever since losing Brandon Carr to the Dallas Cowboys in free agency last offseason. They had signed Stanford Routt to a three-year, $18 million deal, but cut him midway through the season, and Javier Arenas and Jalil Brown were unable to solidify the starting job.
Avery agreed to terms on a three-year deal with Kansas City, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the transaction had not been announced.
The speedy wide receiver showed promise after the Rams selected him in the second round in 2008, but he missed the entire 2010 season with a knee injury. Avery spent last year with Indianapolis, where he caught a career-best 60 passes for 781 yards and three touchdowns in helping the Colts reach the playoffs.
He's expected to replace Steve Breaston, who was recently released, and compete with Jon Baldwin to be the No. 2 wide receiver opposite Bowe, who recently signed a five-year, $56 million contract.
The trade for Smith and acquisition of Avery is expected to shore up a pass offense that ranked last among the 32 teams in the NFL last season with just under 170 yards per game eight touchdown passes.
Fasano should also help out the passing game after catching 41 passes for 332 yards and five TDs for the Dolphins last season. Tony Moeaki is the only other tight end on the Chiefs' roster.