KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Kansas City Chiefs have signed first-round draft pick WR Jonathan Baldwin. The club also announced the release of TE Brad Cottam.
According to a Chiefs press release, Baldwin (6-4, 230) joined the Chiefs as the club’s first-round pick (26th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played in 39 games (28 starts) at the University of Pittsburgh, catching 128 passes for 2,337 yards (18.3 avg.) with 16 touchdowns. As a senior he started all 13 contests, recording 53 receptions for 822 yards (15.5 avg.) with five TDs. Baldwin was a two-time All-Big East selection, tying for eighth in school history with 128 receptions.
Baldwin played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was named a SuperPrep All-American at Aliquippa High School in Aliquippa, Pa.
Cottam (6-7, 269) has appeared in 24 games (eight starts) in two seasons with Kansas City (2008-09), catching 16 passes for 183 yards. The University of Tennessee product joined the club as a third-round draft choice (76th overall) in 2008. He prepped at Evangelical Christian High School in Germantown, Tennessee.