After Trade, DL David King Ready to Make Impact with Titans


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When defensive lineman David King put on his red Kansas City Chiefs uniform last Thursday, he had no idea he'd end up wearing different colors a week later.

But since arriving in the NFL in 2013, he always kept something in the back of his mind.

"They always say when you are out there you are putting out your resume for 31 other teams," King said. "But I had no clue things would play out the way they did. But it's cool. I'm here now, and I want to help out when my number is called."

King joined the Titans over the weekend following a trade. The Titans traded a conditional seventh round pick in the 2018 draft for King, who is entering his fourth NFL season. King (6-4, 281) has played in 10 career games, and has spent time with the Eagles, Bengals, Seahawks and Chiefs. He originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick by the Eagles.

King played 50 snaps in last Thursday night's Titans-Chiefs preseason game, and recorded two tackles.

"I (didn't know) the Titans were interested," King said. "I got called into the assistant GM's office in KC and they said some teams were trying to make a trade for me, and they'd keep me posted. And then they called me back later in the day and said they were trading me to Tennessee. Not long after that I was on the phone with (Titans GM Jon Robinson) and coach (Mike) Mularkey and my new d-line coach. They told me they were excited to get me, and to get to work."

Mularkey said King adds depth and versatility at the position.

"I don't know if you ever can have enough (depth) at the D-line positon," Mularkey said. "Watched a lot of tape on (David), Jon (Robinson) and I both did. Just felt good about his play, his pass rush ability. He obviously comes in from a 3-4 defense, can play end – can rush the passer on third down. You've got an every-down player coming in here, so that was good for us."

King, who was teammates with running back DeMarco Murray at Oklahoma, now finds himself preparing to face the Raiders, a big-time rival of the Chiefs in the AFC West.

He's excited about a new challenge, and said he's ready to help against and Oakland offensive line made up of "maulers."

"It's a similar scheme to what we had in KC, with a few moving parts," King said. "But once you get the terminology down, everything runs together. It's always going to be a challenge when you are used to doing something two years. But guys have been helping me out and I have been meeting with coach just trying to get a jump on getting these plays down and being able to contribute when my number is called. I am excited to be a part of something special here."

Titans players take the field for Thursday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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