Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Reid: Jim Haslett will love Akeem Jordan
By John Keim
ORLANDO, Fla. -- He wasn't a Pro Bowler and didn't play every down. He also happened to be a guy Andy Reid liked having on the roster. Akeem Jordan played for him in Philadelphia, then followed him to Kansas City.
Jordan, though, signed with the Redskins in free agency to play linebacker for defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and bolster the special teams. Jordan could end up serving in a similar role to the one he's had the past seven years: helping from scrimmage and on special teams. Last year, for example, he played 469 snaps from scrimmage (fourth most among Chiefs' linebackers) and 322 on special teams.
"They're getting a good, solid football player," Reid said. "He can play all the spots. Jim will love him, a smart guy. Tough. Great special-teams player -- one of the better special-teams players. He has a knack. He's not the biggest and he's not the fastest. He just knows how to do it. That held consistent in Philadelphia to Kansas City."
Reid didn't like him enough to pay him what the Redskins did. He brought him to Kansas City on a one-year deal worth $715,000 and only a $10,000 bonus. He started 44 games in seven seasons with Reid.
Jordan played inside in both the 3-4 and 4-3 defenses.
"He made the calls, he's a smart kid," Reid said. "He's very football-savvy or whatever term you want to use, he's got that. Players respect him and like him for his toughness."