26-Year-Old Linebacker – Kansas City Chiefs
2018 Fantasy Football Outlook
Hitchens played the third-most snaps among Cowboys linebackers last season behind both Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith, but the team was willing to allow the four-year pro to walk this offseason. The Chiefs...
Anthony Hitchens Contract Information:
Signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Chiefs in March of 2018.
Hitchens plans to sign with the Chiefs for five years and approximately $45 million, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hitchens served as the Cowboys' primary middle linebacker in 2016, but the former fourth-rounder was on the field for just 581 of the team's defensive snaps. He was able to notch a career high in tackles with 78, but he didn't force a single turnover and posted just 1.5 sacks. 2016 second-rounder Jaylon Smith is slated to return from a severe knee injury, and he will be the clear favorite to win the starting middle linebacker gig. If that happens as expected, Hitchens' already below-average IDP value would be further diminished.
Hitchens' numbers were very similar through his first two NFL campaigns but he could be in line for a big spike in production with Rolando McClain suspended for the first 10 games this season. The favorite to win the starting middle linebacker role while McClain is sidelined, Hitchens recorded 31 tackles and two sacks in the first four games of 2015 while McClain was also suspended.
Hitchens was a surprisingly effective rookie last season, playing in all 16 games and starting 11 while recording 75 tackles and an interception. He'll compete for a starting role as the strong-side linebacker in 2015
Fourth round pick fell into a giant opportunity when Sean Lee was lost for the season on the first day of OTAs this offseason. If Hitchens can fend off veteran Justin Durant for the starting ILB spot in the Cowboys' defense, he has the athleticism and motor to put up very solid IDP numbers.