Oct 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Frank Zombo (51) warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Frank Zombo Will Re-Sign With Kansas City Chiefs


The Chiefs have finally made a move to re-sign one of their own and it is not a guy we anticipated. Frank Zombo will be a Kansas City Chief again in 2014 according to a report from Fox Sports 1′s Mike Garafolo. Terms are unknown.

Reserve linebacker play was not very good last season after Justin Houston and Tamba Hali both went down due to injuries. Zombo was graded as a -0.8 outside linebacker by Pro Football Focus, grading well in the run game (+6.2) but awful in the passing game (-7.5). There was a distinct drop in the pass rush when Zombo took over for Houston in the second half of the season and the PFF grade would reflect his pass rushing woes.

Retaining Zombo makes sense if A) the money is right and B) the Chiefs can find a reserve pass rusher to take away passing down snaps from Zombo. There should be enough outside linebacker depth in the draft to find a guy who can serve as a backup to Houston and Hali in passing down situations. If Zombo is the reserve run stopper and someone else is the designated pass rusher then this could all work out. The question is when and where the Chiefs are going to find this player.

KC now has 10 remaining unrestricted free agents: Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz, Jon Asamoah, Dexter McCluster, Akeem Jordan, Tyson Jackson, Kendrick Lewis, Kyle Williams, Quintin Demps, and Husain Abdullah.

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  • mnelson52

    That would make a person think extending and restructuring Smith and Flowers is not going well.

  • Larry Devore

    off season not going well?

  • berttheclock

    Hard to keep up with the rumors. Such as John Carlson being cut by the Vikes and the rumors have him going to, either, the Packers or the Jets. He signed with the Cardinals.

    Michael Bennett is not going to be resigned by Schneider in Seattle, so, the rumors are rampant with him heading to Chicago and teaming up with his brother. Bennett just signed a 4 year deal with, drum roll please, SEATTLE.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Good news. He’s great depth and a big contributor to teams.

    • Zachary Barry

      He is a veteran that gives our team depth and he gives his all when they call his number. Glad to see him back.