The Chiefs waived defensive tackle Stefan Charles earlier this week, but he won’t have to find a new place to hang his hat.
The team announced on Thursday that they have re-signed Charles while also making it official that defensive end Rakeem Nunez-Roches has been waived.
Charles initially signed with the Chiefs in January to end an absence from the league that started when he was cut by the Jaguars last September. Charles last played in the regular season with the Lions in 2016 and made 12 tackles in 12 games. He spent the previous three seasons with the Bills and had 48 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in 37 appearances.
The Detroit Lions didn’t know that coach Matt Patricia had been indicted for aggravated sexual assault in 1996. So here’s the question: Should they have?
On one hand, it’s understandable to assume that Patricia wouldn’t have made it as far as he did in coaching without something like this coming out. Some have called it a skeleton in the closet; the reality is that it was an unburied bag of bones hiding in plain sight.
Deadspin.com demonstrates just how easy it would have been to find the information, if the Lions had searched for it. A simple Nexis search uncovered it. A league source with access to the service tells PFT that, indeed, the Patricia indictment “comes up right away.”
Apparently, someone else uncovered it, too. The original report from the Detroit News indicates that a private investigation firm requested the court files for Patricia’s case in January. It’s not clear whether the Lions, the NFL, or some other team requested the information.
We have spoken to Coach Patricia about this at length as well as the attorney who represented him at the time. Based upon everything we have learned, we believe and have accepted Coach Patricia’s explanation and we will continue to support him. We will continue to work with our players and the NFL to further awareness of and protections for those individuals who are the victims of sexual assault or violence.”