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The Kansas City Chiefs have bolstered the tight end room behind Travis Kelce with the signing of 10-year veteran John Phillips.

The move was first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates.

Phillips, 31, is a 6-foot-5, 251-pound tight end who entered the league as a sixth-round pick with the Dallas Cowboys in the 2009 NFL Draft. Phillips spent four years with the Cowboys before signing with the then-San Diego Chargers, where he played for three years.

Phillips bounced around with the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals the past three years before landing with the Chiefs on Monday.

He has totaled 428 yards receiving and five touchdowns in 120 career games. Considered a blocking specialist, Phillips’ best statistical output came back in 2011, when he had 15 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.

Last year, Phillips started four games for the Arizona Cardinals.

Injuries have been an issue as he has torn two ACLs and been placed on the I.R. multiple times.

The Chiefs released defensive Dontae Johnson as a corresponding move.

Kansas City linebacker Martrell Spaight also announced his retirement Monday after four seasons in the NFL.

He recorded 75 tackles in 15 games for the Redskins in 2015. The Chiefs now have one open roster open on the 90-man roster.

Spaight entered the NFL with the Washington Redskins who selected him in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft after making first-team All-SEC at Arkansas in 2014. He led the Razorbacks in tackles with 128.

He was released by the Redskins in his fourth year and was picked up by the Miami Dolphins. That stint was short-lived, as was another attempt to play with the Jacksonville Jaguars late last year before signing with the Chiefs last winter.

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