Our series on potential Chiefs free agents moves on to a linebacker who began last season as a backup but started late in the season because of Justin Houston’s injury.
LB Frank Zombo
Four NFL seasons, one with the Chiefs. Will be 27 when next season begins.
Chiefs career: Zombo started the season’s final five games before going back to the bench for the playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He showed some pass rush skills, getting two sacks, and did an adequate job of playing against the run.
Argument for keeping Zombo: The Chiefs could do much worse at finding an outside linebacker to come off the bench. Zombo certainly didn’t play to the level of Houston or Tamba Hali, but those weren’t the expectations. He didn’t kill the Chiefs with his presence on the field.
Argument for letting Zombo go: The Chiefs shouldn’t shy away from drafting a pass rusher, if there’s one available when they pick. If they find one, the Chiefs shouldn’t need Zombo.
What should happen: If the Chiefs can find a better alternative at a reasonable price, they should do it. But that shouldn’t be a priority and if it doesn’t happen, they should make an effort to re-sign Zombo then.