Several veteran linebackers remain available for Kansas City Chiefs

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 01: Antonio Gates
SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 01: Antonio Gates /
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NASHVILLE, TN – JANUARY 01: Akeem Dent /

A third round pick by the Atlanta Falcons out of the University of Georgia, Akeem Dent feels eerily similar to a Josh Mauga or Rey Maualuga as a player on the open market. He’s found a niche as a run-stopping linebacker with questionable coverage skills, which is right in the wheelhouse that John Dorsey has for the position.

Dent never quite made a great impression with the Falcons or the Houston Texans, where he was traded in 2014 for quarterback T.J. Yates. Given the Texans’ litany of linebacker injuries over the last two years, Dent had every possibility to stand out and grab starter’s reps. Instead, he remained a bit player on a talented defense, but that bit could be enough for the Chiefs to be interested.

Dent is stout against the run and should come cheaply in a contract, which could be a perfect match for the Chiefs in their current roster and salary cap scenario.