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Louis Rees-Zammit's Chiefs deal: More details emerge

By Ian Cameron
Louis Rees-Zammit Credit: Roc Nation

More details are emerging about Louis Rees-Zammit’s deal with Super Bowl winning NFL franchise, the Kansas City Chiefs.

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The Welsh flyer is set to sign a contract with the side today (Friday) as a free agent and is set to earn considerably more than if the standard package for an NFL practice squad player.

American football journalist Ian Rapoport revealed on X that the former British & Irish Lions tourist will sign a three-year deal with the Chiefs, marking a major step in his journey to realise his dream of cracking the NFL.

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Former Leicester Tigers fullback Geordan Murphy joined Jim Hamilton prematch as Leicester hosted Leinster in the Champions Cup. The pair discuss Louis Rees-Zammit and Harry Mallinder being selected for the NFL International Player Pathway Programme. Watch the full pre and post match show on RugbyPass.tv

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Former Leicester Tigers fullback Geordan Murphy joined Jim Hamilton prematch as Leicester hosted Leinster in the Champions Cup. The pair discuss Louis Rees-Zammit and Harry Mallinder being selected for the NFL International Player Pathway Programme. Watch the full pre and post match show on RugbyPass.tv

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“Welsh rugby star Louis Rees-Zammit will be in Kansas City today to sign his three-year contract with the Chiefs, one that includes some guaranteed money and a signing bonus,” wrote Rapoport.

RugbyPass revealed last week that the 23-year-old had a number of offers from NFL sides before agreeing the deal with the Chiefs, which could see him earning north of £700,000 a season. It’s only a modest increase on his potential earnings in rugby, where he had been offered £600,000 by at least one Japanese club.

The deal is a major up-tick in his professional path as he looks to transition from Gloucester wing to potentially taking the field as a running back or wide receiver for the Chiefs, a career switch-up which was originally initiated this January when he opted for the NFL’s IPP just as the Six Nations squad was being announced.

Despite expressing disappointment in his 4.44-second sprint at the IPP Pro Day at the University of South Florida his performance was enough to intrigue the Chiefs. As offseason workouts and training camps loom Rees-Zammit is poised to train alongside NFL elites like Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce; offering him a unique opportunity to integrate into American football before the season kicks off in September.

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The anticipation around Rees-Zammit’s NFL debut will continue to build especially considering his recent signing with Roc Nation Sports – Jay-Z’s talent agency. The next step will be if Rees-Zammit can transition his rugby prowess to American football and secure a roster spot with the Chiefs.

The odds are still heavily stacked against him but so far he appears to be making all the right moves.

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Bull Shark 108 days ago

Not sure 700k is worth it. He’ll be coming on for the Hail Mary plays. Cannon fodder.

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Michael Röbbins (academic and writer extraordinair 108 days ago

Best situation in the world for the potential of his success in the NFL. Cutthroat, we’ll yeah little buddy, that’s one of the reasons why, at least in the States, it is by far and away the best sports draw.
The point is: It’s not only that he’d have Mahomes as his QB, and all the T. Kelce blocking bullshit needs to stop (he’s not a prototypical blocking TE ya numb nuts), it’s that he will have arguably one of the greatest football minds in Andy Reid scheming for him. In the NFL, the most important thing is situation. If the ignoramus Jets signed him, then he’d be screwed from go.

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Dave 108 days ago

first no arms shoulder or helmet tackle into his rib cage is going to be so very painful even to watch. go back to RU mate.

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