Gaither becomes third former Raven to join Chiefs

If you can’t beat ‘em, sign their entire roster.

That must be the philosophy held by Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley after the Ravens stomped Kansas City 30-7 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs last year.

The Chiefs signed former Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither today, giving them three members of the Baltimore’s 2010 roster that are now out in Kansas City.

Gaither follows fullback Le’Ron McClain and defensive tackle Kelly Gregg, who signed with the Chiefs within the last two weeks.

Once thought of as the Ravens’ next franchise left tackle, Gaither’s stock quickly dropped the last two years, largely because he couldn’t seem to stay healthy. He didn’t play in a single game last season due to a thoracic disc injury in his back, and missed five games in 2009 after suffering a neck injury in a game against the Patriots.

Gaither’s work ethic was often questioned by those in the Ravens’ organization, many of whom believed that Gaither wasn’t driven enough to fully take advantage of his potential. After being told last offseason that he was being replaced at left tackle by Michael Oher, Gaither came into training camp much lighter, having lost 30 pounds without the team’s approval.

That move frustrated the Ravens’ front office, and the organization did not make a heavy push to re-sign Gaither during this current free agent period.

While the Maryland product drew some recent interest from the Raiders, they reportedly were scared off after taking a look at Gaither’s back during a physical. Now, the former fifth-round pick in the 2007 supplemental draft will get a fresh start in Kansas City, something he probably needs to try and turn his career around.

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