The Philly-to-Kansas City train hasn't been as loaded as I once thought it might be after Andy Reid took the KC Chiefs head coaching job but we do have a former Eagle landing in Kansas City. Reid has added linebacker Akeem Jordan who is the second former Eagle to join Kansas City in the last few months (Mardy Gilyard being the other). Aaron Wilson of Scout.com has the report.
Jordan was one of a handful of linebackers that worked out for the Chiefs this week. He came into the league in 2007 as an undrafted free agent and played his entire six-year career in Philadelphia. He is listed as 6'1 and 226 pounds, starting 34 of 82 games in Philly.
Throughout his time with the team, Jordan has been a sort of utility player, starting at all three linebacker positions and making his bones as a more than solid special teamer. He is an underdog in the true sense of the NFL. He is a bit undersized at 6'1" and 230-pounds, came of out of a small school and really has been behind a revolving door at his position. Still, he has stuck around and made himself a decent career, considering the average NFL career is three years.
Jordan joins former Tennessee Titans linebacker Zac Diles, who was signed this week, in the competition for the inside linebacker job next to Derrick Johnson. With Tamba Hali and Justin Houston on the outside, and DJ in the middle, that final linebacker spot has been a hole. It appears at this point that Diles and Jordan will be competing for time there depending on what the Chiefs do in the draft. Jordan has plenty of experience on the outside so it'll be interesting to see how this shakes out.
The Chiefs earlier this week also worked out free agent safety Sherrod Martin.
Does this mean the Chiefs are done shopping at inside linebacker? Are Diles and Jordan going to compete for the starting job?