The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly worked our safety Husain Abdullah earlier this month and now it looks as though they have signed him.
Abdullah took to social media last night and tweeted the above picture of his contract from the Chiefs. The Twitter account claiming to be Abdullah’s is verified. He also posted it on Facebook and Instagram.
The Chiefs have yet to announce the move and as Abdullah mentions in his tweet, the deal is unofficially official.
— Husain Abdullah (@HAbdullah39) February 16, 2013
Abdullah went undrafted out of Washington State and was signed by the Minnesota Vikings. He played with he Vikings from 2008-2011. He was a backup until 2010 when he earned the starting strong safety spot. In 2011, he started at free safety.
The Vikings offered to extend Abdullah’s contract but instead, the safety left football for a year to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca with his brother as part of their observance of their Islamic faith.
So is Husain Abdullah any good?
In 2010, at strong safety, he played over 800 snaps. Pro Football Focus graded him at a +6.9. He excelled slightly as a run defender that year, recording a combined 75 tackles.
In 2011, at free safety, Abdullah played in only eight and a half games when his season was ended due to a head injury. He was graded a +3.1 in over 500 snaps. He had one interception.
This is a pretty smart signing by the Chiefs. The team likely got Abdullah for next to nothing. When healthy and active, Abdullah is an average starting player.
The problem, of course, is that he hasn’t played football since Week 10 of the the 2010 NFL season. Still, the Chiefs must have felt he was in good enough shape to give him a shot. Also, GM John Dorsey is familiar with what Abdullah can do, since the Packers are in the same division as the VIkings.
The worst that can happen is the signing doesn’t work out and Abdullah is cut. The best that can happen is he challenges Kendrick Lewis at the starting free safety spot.
Hopefully Abdullah can shake off the rust and help provide solid depth at the safety position.
What do you guys think of this unofficial signing?