After five seasons with the Chiefs, outside linebacker Frank Zombo’s career in Kansas City is over. The Chiefs cut Zombo on Saturday as part of the 53-man roster cutdown, as first reported by ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky.
The Chiefs have waived former Packers OLB Frank Zombo, per a source. He might be the Packers' third or fourth best OLB right now if they brought him back.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 1, 2018
Demovsky suggests the Packers could bring Zombo back, as Green Bay was the landing spot for Zombo after he went undrafted in 2010. Zombo was part of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV win in 2010-11. The Chiefs now have no players on their roster with a Super Bowl win to their name.
If the Packers want him, that choice will be up to Zombo, as noted by 41 Action News’ Nick Jacobs on Twitter.
Frank Zombo is a vested vet. So he is free to sign with anyone in the league and is not subject to waivers since he has 4 or more seasons in the league. John Dorsey line one?— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) September 1, 2018
During his five years with the Chiefs, Zombo appeared in 80 games with 27 starts, compiling 123 combined tackles, 7.5 sacks, four passes defensed, one interception, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Zombo was reliable for the Chiefs on special teams and was seemingly always healthy and able to start when Justin Houston and Dee Ford dealt with various injuries.
Zombo’s cut likely means the Chiefs will keep four outside linebackers and opens the door for the team to keep a surprise player like Ben Niemann.
Zombo’s release opens up approximately $1.17 million in cap room, according to Spotrac.