Patriots deal LB Vrabel to Chiefs

BOSTON (TICKER) —Scott Pioli wasted little time putting his friendship with Bill Belichick to good use.

The Kansas City Chiefs on Friday completed a deal with the New England Patriots, acquiring veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel for an undisclosed draft pick.

Vrabel confirmed the deal in an e-mail to the Boston Globe.

Pioli, the new Chiefs’ general manager who headed the Patriots’ personnel department for years under Belichick, is looking to rebuild a team that finished a franchise-worst 2-14 last season.

Vrabel, 33, should fit in well as a situational pass rusher in Kansas City’s 3-4 defense. He had four sacks last season, his eighth with the Patriots and 12th overall.

Despite his low sack output last season, Vrabel registered a career-high 12.5 sacks in 2007. He has 55 career sacks, with 48 coming during his tenure with New England that produced three Super Bowl titles.

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