AFC West: Zac Diles

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed another inside linebacker. They inked former Dallas linebacker Orie Lemon. He played sparingly last season. He will have to earn a spot on the roster. The Chiefs recently signed inside linebackers Akeem Jordan and Zac Diles. The team has an opening at a starting inside linebacker spot. There is no guarantee any of these players will fill that spot.

In other AFC West notes:
  • New San Diego cornerback Derek Cox told reporters he will wear No. 22 in San Diego. He wore No. 21 in Jacksonville. Cox said he won't wear No. 21 because the Chargers will retire the number in honor of former running back LaDainian Tomlinson. The team has not announced any plans. Tomlinson left San Diego on bad terms, but he and the team have since mended fences.
  • The Raiders will host Chicago on Aug. 23 in their third preseason game.
  • The Lions said they will not trade up to the No. 1 overall pick. Wednesday, ESPN’s Mel Kiper had a mock draft in which the Chiefs, who own the top pick, traded with the Lions, who have the No. 5 pick. Kiper didn’t report the trade would happen; it was only a projection as part of his exercise.

Chiefs add to linebacking crew

April, 15, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs continue to give themselves options at inside linebacker.

The team reportedly finalized a deal for linebacker Akeem Jordan on Monday. He played six years in Philadelphia for new Kansas City coach Andy Reid. He was a part-time starter the past two years.

Along with Zac Diles, who signed last week, Jordan will compete for a starting spot at an inside linebacker spot. At worst, both players will be backups and special-teamers. The Chiefs could also potentially seek help at the position in the draft and later in the offseason.