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Chiefs Sign Free Agent Defensive Tackles Byron Cowart and Phil Hoskins

The Chiefs made a pair of free agency moves official this week

The Kansas City Chiefs made a pair of moves official this week with the signings of veteran defensive tackles Byron Cowart and Phil Hoskins.


Cowart joins the Chiefs after appearing in 17 games for the Indianapolis Colts last season. The 26-year-old defensive tackle recorded 12 tackles and two tackles-for-loss in 2022, logging 197 of his 227 total defensive snaps as an interior lineman.

Originally a fifth-round pick of the New England Patriots in 2019, Cowart spent the 2019 and 2020 campaigns with New England prior to signing with Indianapolis ahead of last season. In fact, Cowart started 14 games and tallied a career-high 419 snaps for the Patriots in 2020.


The Chiefs' other addition is Hoskins, who spent the last several weeks of the 2022-23 season on Kansas City's practice squad. A seventh-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2021, Hoskins appeared in eight games for Carolina over the last two seasons.

Cowart and Hoskins join a group of defensive tackles that currently includes Chris Jones, Derrick Nnadi, Tershawn Wharton, Danny Shelton and Daniel Wise.

For a closer look at the Chiefs' free agency moves this offseason, click here.