Lost in the flurry of tweets and blog posts about Aaron Murray signing his deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, John Dorsey made two more moves on the roster.
The #Chiefs have signed Deron Furr, LB, Fort Valley State and have waived RJ Dill, OT, Rutgers.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@KCChiefs) May 21, 2014
R.J. Dill is an offensive tackle from Rutgers, who went undrafted in 2013 and ended up with the Jacksonville Jaguars during camp. He failed to make the 53-man roster and was immediately picked up by the New England Patriots and placed on their practice squad. Dill was cut at the end of December and signed with the Chiefs shortly after.
The addition of J’Marcus Webb made Dill expendable as the Chiefs now have a more reliable swing tackle to backup Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson.
Deron Furr is an interesting NCAA Division II prospect form Fort Valley State. He’s 6-3, 235 and was listed as a safety by NFL.com. However, Nolan Nawrocki thinks Furr is more a tweener with a future at linebacker in the NFL.
Hard-hitting, playmaking Division II rover safety who projects to the weak-side linebacker position in the pros. Stood out in the Medal of Honor all-star game, when he earned MVP honors and showed up heavily around the ball. Has developmental linebacker potential.
Furr was actually recruited as a quarterback at Auburn out of high school. Coaching changes pushed him over to strong safety, but Furr would eventually transfer to Memphis before the beginning of his freshman season due to an altercation with fellow Auburn teammates. At Memphis, Furr started for two seasons and show flashes of excellent potential.
Fort Valley State came into the equation after Furr learned he was about to be a father of a baby girl and his mother fell ill. The two situations forced Furr to move back home and play Division II football. Furr was worked on a masters degree in mental health while at Fort Valley State.
The prevailing wisdom seems to be that Furr is a developmental prospect as a weak side linebacker. As things stand now the Chiefs don’t really have a lot of depth or developmental projects at linebacker on the roster. The top end is full with Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, and Dee Ford. Joe Mays, Nico Johnson, and Frank Zombo are three other guys one would think would be on the roster. However, seven linebackers puts them two short of what they carried last season, which would seem to indicate there are some spots to be won. Furr may not be a guy who makes the team out of camp but he could put himself in a good position to make the practice squad.