Former Chiefs LB Jordan signs with Washington

Aug 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Akeem Jordan (55) lines up against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports


The departures continue since the start of the league’s calendar year, as the Chiefs lost another starter from last season’s 11-5 playoff team to free agency.

Inside linebacker Akeem Jordan signed with the Washington Redskins, the Redskins announced Wednesday morning.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jordan, a seventh-year pro, appeared in 16 regular season games with 10 starts for the Chiefs in 2013.

He joined the Chiefs from the Philadelphia Eagles, where he spent six seasons, after signing a one-year deal last April and finished fourth on the team with 64 tackles (51 solo). He added two forced fumbles and four special teams tackles.

For Jordan, a return to the East Coast places him close to home. The native of Harrisonburg, Va., also played collegiately at James Madison University.

The Chiefs’ signing of inside linebacker Joe Mays, who inked a two-year, $6 million contract last week, covers Jordan’s departure.

Mays and Jordan were teammates in Philadelphia (2008-09) under then-Eagles coach Andy Reid.

Meanwhile, former Chiefs defensive lineman Jerrell Powe signed with the Houston Texans on Tuesday, according to the NFL Transaction report.

Powe entered the league’s calendar year as a restricted free agent, but the Chiefs opted not to offer a tender.

The latest Jordan and Powe signings leave free safety Kendrick Lewis and wide receiver Kyle Williams as the remaining Chiefs free agents from the 2013 roster.

Also signing elsewhere since the free-agency period opened are left tackle Branden Albert to the Miami Dolphins, defensive end Tyson Jackson and guard Jon Asamoah to the Atlanta Falcons, wide receiver/punt returner Dexter McCluster to the Tennessee Titans, and guard Geoff Schwartz and safety/returner Quintin Demps to the New York Giants.

The Chiefs re-signed free safety Husain Abdullah and outside linebacker Frank Zombo, and signed Mays, offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach and defensive lineman Vance Walker to free-agent deals.

The Chiefs currently have $4.82 million in cap space as of late Wednesday morning, according to NFLPA records.