The Kansas City Chiefs are signing former Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Damien Wilson, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Chiefs intend to sign former Cowboys’ SLB Damien Wilson, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019
Wilson, 25, entered the league as a selection by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft — making him the 13th linebacker taken out of his class. He signed a four-year, $2.74 million contract with the Cowboys in 2015.
Interestingly enough, just as current Chief and former Cowboy Anthony Hitchens was required by coaches during his time in Dallas, the Cowboys made Wilson learn all three linebacker positions.
Take a look at some of the strong-side linebacker’s recent numbers:
New #Chiefs Signing: LB Damien Wilson— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) March 12, 2019
-2015 4th round pick by Dallas
-2016 Grades: 289 snaps, 69.3 overall, 74.6 run D, 64.9 tackling, 52.9 pass rush, 65.2 coverage
-2018 Grades: 307 snaps, 44.7 overall, 57.5 run D, 37.2 tackling, 61.4 pass rush, 32.9 coverage https://t.co/xF7rCZaQ7f
Wilson finished with 37 tackles (28 solo), 1.0 sack and one forced fumble in 2018. He played just 28 percent of snaps for Dallas last season.
Damien Wilson and Anthony Hitchens are going to wreck worlds together. https://t.co/KaBuyzl7oB— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) March 12, 2019
With Wilson on board, here’s an early projection of how the Chiefs see their LB corps:— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 12, 2019
Wilson at SLB, with Ragland in the middle and Hitchens at WLB.
However, I do think there’s a chance O’Daniel and/or a draft pick works his way into the mix before it’s all said and done.
Cowboys LB Damien Wilson, like Anthony Hitchens last year, to Chiefs.— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) March 12, 2019
Cowboys liked depth Damien provided but expected him to get better offer than they would match. Cowboys still have Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Sean Lee ahead of Damien https://t.co/5XDp81T7sS
Thoughts from a trusted #Cowboys observer on Damien Wilson: “Very solid special teams player. They played a lot of nickel so he wasn’t on the field a lot defensively. I think he could have a much bigger impact given the chance."— TOM MARTIN (@TomKCTV5) March 12, 2019
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