Alex Smith, Alex Okafor

Alex Okafor is tackled after an interception during the 2014 season between Arizona and Kansas City in Arizona.

The Kansas City Chiefs are boasting their pass rush by signing free agent defensive end Alex Okafor, the team announced Thursday night.

Okafor, who made an impact for the New Orleans Saints as a right defensive end the past two seasons, will reportedly sign a three-year deal worth $18 million, and the deal can reach $24 million with incentives. NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport first reported the deal.

The 28-year-old Okafor signed with the Saints on a one-year deal in 2017 as a free agent, joining a team that offered him a chance to compete for a starting role. He previously lost the starting job in Arizona.

Okafor started 10 games in 2017 before suffering a torn Achilles. He returned to start all 16 games for the Saints in 2018.

In 26 games with the Saints, Okafor totaled 79 tackles, 10 for loss, 8½ sacks, two forced fumbles and four passes defensed.

Okafor was an All-American at Texas in 2011 and drafted in the fourth round by Arizona.

The move comes with a need in pass-rushing abilities under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The Chiefs recently released Justin Houston and traded Dee Ford.

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