The Kansas City Chiefs have signed outside linebacker Nate Orchard, the team announced on its official Twitter account Wednesday morning.
We signed free agent LB Nate Orchard.— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 10, 2018
We signed TE David Wells to the practice squad. pic.twitter.com/NRB8jNb6jc
“Nate had a real good college career,” Reid said. “He played for a good friend of mine at Utah, and so he knows the system and is familiar with it, so he would fit in that way, and he’s a good player. He’s a very hard worker, high-effort guy and smart, so we thought we’d att him.”
Orchard, 25, is a former second-round pick from the 2015 NFL Draft who spent the first three seasons of his career with the Cleveland Browns before briefly joining the Buffalo Bills earlier this year.
Orchard has 69 tackles, five sacks, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one interception in his four-year career.
The move makes a lot of sense given the injuries to Justin Houston and Tanoh Kpassagnon on Sunday. An NFL Network report said that Houston’s hamstring injury “could knock him out a few weeks.” Days later, Frank Zombo is back with the Chiefs and Orchard has been brought into the fold.
Tight end Wells, who had been released earlier this week to make room for safety Leon McQuay, is back with the Chiefs.