The Kansas City Chiefs signed offensive lineman Hutch Eckerson on Thursday, Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star reported and the Chiefs later confirmed. To make room for Eckerson, the Chiefs cut offensive lineman Dustin Waldron.
Eckerson was last employed by the Buffalo Bills but was released just four days ago after the Bills signed tight end Nick Provo. Eckerson was signed by the Bills in February but failed to stick with the team through the entire preseason.
Eckerson came into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2011 with the San Diego Chargers and has bounced around to various teams including the New Orleans Saints. The 25-year-old brings a big frame to the Chiefs in training camp as a 6'6, 310 lb. tackle. He also started at guard during his collegiate career at South Carolina.
Eckerson was a college teammate of current #Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop.— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) August 8, 2013
After the Chiefs lost Dustin Waldron with a dislocated kneecap and with Donald Stephenson already out after surgery on his finger, the move to bring in Eckerson is merely a training camp move to give the Chiefs enough healthy bodies along the offensive front.