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Chiefs Sign Former Green Bay Packer Frank Zombo

The Kansas City Chiefs are busy signing former Green Bay Packers. Earlier today we heard that the Chiefs signed a former Packers offensive lineman and and now, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, KC has signed former Packers linebacker Frank Zombo.

Zombo was signed by the Pack as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Zombo played his college ball at Central Michigan.

Zombo has actually played quite a bit for the Packers. He got playing time at ROLB right away in 2010, starting nine games and logging 599 snaps. He played all 68 defensive snaps for the Packers in the Super Bowl that year. He recorded a sack and four tackles in the game, according to Pro Football Focus. Zombo had five sacks total on the season.

The bad news is, that other than getting to the QB, Zombo wasn’t very good. Pro Football Focus graded him a -18.6 on the season in 2010. Zombo’s worst grade of the season (-4.2) came in the Super Bowl.

In 2011, Zombo played only 146 snaps for Green Bay, grading out at a -9.4. He had one sack.

In 2012, Zombo missed the first eight games of the season with an injury. He returned in Week 11 and played a reserve roll, racking up 111 snaps and zero sacks. He graded -5.9.

This is a pretty low risk signing for the Chiefs. Zombo clearly has some pass rushing ability and could flourish if used correctly in the right scheme. He is also still pretty young so he could still develop.

Then again, his PFF grades indicate he has a long way to go. If he can show improvement in camp, Zombo might make the team.

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  • ArrowFan

    So we replaced Study with Zombo. Zombo wins the name battle.

  • Calchiefsfan

    We hire Pioli and the Chiefs become the Patriots west. Now we hire Dorsey and all of a sudden it’s Packers south. I wish these guys would stop this nonsense. If Dorsey was going to get anyone from Green Bay it should have been Jennings.

    • Michael Tavis

      The difference is Patriot way was a Belichick thing not a Pioli thing. Pioli tried acting like he was the genius of the whole thing when clearly he wasnt. Also Pioli brought in big money guys from the Patriots like Cassel and Vrabel. Dorsey is bringing in low risk low money guys that he knows are quality depth so we dont have anymore Piscitelli or Palko debacles. It would be different if Dorsey went and signed Flynn to a big contract and then brought in Brad Jones and Woodson ( Which a lot of people were pulling for Jones) but it didnt happen. Dorsey is building the Chiefs not the Packers. I can assure you Andy Reid doesnt want his team to be the Packers Andy Reid wants his team to be the Chiefs.

      • KCMikeG

        Great point! I was terrified that Dorsey would go after Flynn but he obviously knew better and went with Reid on AS. The quality of depth helps to better prepare the starters and doesn’t create a sucking hole in the line up ala Sabby.

    • Chief Hokie

      He’s just another camp body cool your jets.

  • Derek Duderstadt

    Not so sure on this Zombo signing, but we will see. As it appears, I would have rather kept Study vs Zombo (although, I agree with ArrowFan, Zombo wins the name battle)

  • jimfromkcj

    It all depends on his salary. If he is cheaper than Study and talentwise he is the same, it is a good move. Value is important when you are trying to win right away. Every dollar you save with your backups and special teamers goes towards more or better skill players.

  • unclejesse40

    Has anyone been watching the JaMarcus Russell videos on Bleacher Reports? I wonder if the Chiefs signed him to a league min contract and told him that he was battling for the backup spot if it would be worth it. I trust Reid as a QB coach and the dude has a ton of talet, I just dont know. what do you all think, is it even worth the headache? Can he be any worse than Stanzi? I would say Russell’s floor is lower than Stanzi but I would say that his ceiling is much higher. Worst case senario he sucks but maybe he plays decent in preseason and you trade him to a QB starved team.

    • Michael Tavis

      god no. Russell has no place in the league. Especially not on the Chiefs.

    • Trevor Gooding

      Ive been watching his videos also but he has been out of football since 2009 and you can’t simulate game speed in practice so it would be a big risk. Although I have noticed he has looked pretty good and is getting in better shape. It would definitely be pretty cool if the coaching staff to get him to play better then he played in Chokeland although there was not much talent around him but if he was the player he was suppose to be he should of made more out of it.

      • Michael Tavis

        The guy just doesnt want to work. He made Janikowski look fit. It was sad.

      • KCMikeG

        True. I think his ship has sailed. All that talent wasted.

  • Danny W

    Seems like a camp body, maybe he makes it on special teams or something.