Akeem Jordan, a Harrisonburg native and collegiate standout at James Madison who played last season for the Kansas City Chiefs, has signed a contract with the Washington Redskins, the team announced.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Jordan signed a one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the situation, though financial terms were not disclosed.
Jordan, 28, will provide additional depth and special teams help for the Redskins, who have signed two other inside linebackers – Adam Hayward and Darryl Sharpton – during the free agency period. He had 67 tackles and forced two fumbles in 2013, when he played in all 16 regular-season games, plus the Chiefs’ lone playoff game, and made 10 starts.
He followed coach Andy Reid to Kansas City from the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played his first six seasons after going undrafted in 2007. An occasional starter with the Eagles, Jordan statistically had his most success in 2009, when he played in 12 games, starting 10, and had 71 tackles and two interceptions.
Jordan, Hayward and Sharpton all figure to compete during the offseason and training camp for the chance to start alongside Perry Riley, who is expected to move from the jack linebacker position to mike linebacker to replace the retiring London Fletcher.