Chiefs Sign Highsmith to Reserve/Future Contract

This is the time of year when NFL teams can begin to sign players for the 2014 season. It’s called a reserve/future contract and essentially it makes the player part of the organization, although he’s not part of the team until the new league starts in March.

The Chiefs have signed their first reserve/future player: OLB Alonzo Highsmith, Jr.

At 6-1, 233 pounds, Highsmith is the oldest son of former University of Miami and NFL running back Alonzo Highsmith. Dad is now a scout with the Green Bay Packers and obviously has a relationship with Chiefs G.M. John Dorsey.

At Arkansas, Highsmith played all 13 games in the 2011 season, finishing with 80 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. His 2012 season with the Razorbacks was cut short by a torn foot ligament that required surgery.

Highsmith was not selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, but signed with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent. He was released in late August.

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