OTA Session #7 – June 4/Chiefs Sign Safety

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The Chiefs finally pulled the trigger on adding a veteran safety to the roster, announcing the signing of free agent Abram Elam on Monday. A seven-year veteran who spent last season with Dallas, Elam took part in the team’s seventh OTA session Monday morning at the team’s facility.

Along with two stints with the Cowboys (2006 and 2011), Elam also spent two years with the New York Jets (2007-08) and two seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2009-10). Overall, he’s played in 92 league games with 64 starts. He was credited with 365 total tackles, 5 sacks, 41 special teams tackles, 8 forced fumbles, 2 recovered fumbles and 3 interceptions, including one he returned 92 yards for a touchdown.

Elam becomes the 89th player on the Chiefs roster that has a maximum of 90 spots. He was one of 78 players that were on the field Monday, going through a 90-minute practice. Among the key players on the team everyone was there but DE Glenn Dorsey, who was not around. Also, WR Dwayne Bowe continued to miss all the work due to his contract situation. LT Branden Albert, WR Jonathan Baldwin and K Ryan Succop who missed Friday’s OTA returned to work.

Also returning to practice was fifth-round draft choice De’Quan Menzie, who missed the previous six sessions due to a hamstring injury he suffered during the rookie mini-camp. Also DE Ropati Pitoitua was back in action, after missing several workouts due to a calf injury.

Those players that were working in the rehab area were the familiar names of SS Eric Berry, FS Kendrick Lewis, RB Jamaal Charles, TE Tony Moeaki, RB Cyrus Gray, TE Martin Rucker, LB Brandon Siler, OL Jeff Allen and OL Rob Bruggeman.

More on the OTA details coming up.

2 Responses to “OTA Session #7 – June 4/Chiefs Sign Safety”

  • June 4, 2012  - kcarrowhead says:

    Elam is good insurance behind Lewis and Berry. He’s younger than Jon McGraw, and he’s got the size and skill set to replace whatever McGraw brought to the table as a S/LB in sub packages. I don’t think the Chiefs are quite sure what they’re going to do with Menzie yet (slot corner or safety), and he’s had the hamstring issue. Elam gives them a lot more flexibility in the secondary, especially if none of the rest of the younger guys are ready to step up.

  • June 4, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    The pick up is good if for nothing else than depth. Looking back at last year we started the season with a woeful lack of depth all over the place. Of course you couldn’t predict that ground-shaking wave of critical injuries but you have to be ready, just in case. Oh brother, it was the case. Pioli looks like he learned a lesson; if nothing else, he is filling back ups. I’m getting more comfortable with Pioli with this off-season. But, good God, go get a veteran center! Please.

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