With a number of injuries at the linebacker position, the Kansas City Chiefs have signed free agent inside/outside linebacker Otha Peters, according to his agency.
Peters, 24, first entered the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2017, but he would ultimately make the active roster with the Washington Redskins last December.
Peters only played 58 special-teams snaps with the Redskins.
Peters spent two seasons at Arkansas prior to transferring to Louisiana-Lafayette in 2014. In 2016, as a senior, Peters was first-team All-Sun Belt, having recorded 94 tackles, including 11 for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, five quarterback pressures and two pass breakups.
Peters said he can play inside and outside linebacker but is “mainly an inside linebacker” back in 2017. The move makes sense with inside linebacker Reggie Ragland currently injured. ILB Ukeme Eligwe, who had been filling in for Ragland, suffered a foot strain on Sunday.
Cornerback Ashton Lampkin was waived/injured to make room for Peters.
I don’t find this signing is a reason to panic about Ragland, whose injury has been somewhat ominous, at least yet. The Chiefs are down two inside linebackers and need somebody to play.
General manager Brett Veach must also believe Peters shows at least some promising qualities.