Redskins sign Akeem Jordan

Updated: March 19, 2014, 12:34 PM ET
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The Washington Redskins signed free-agent linebacker Akeem Jordan on Wednesday.

The team made the announcement via its Twitter account but didn't disclose contract terms.

Jordan, 28, joined the Kansas City Chiefs last year as a free agent after six seasons playing for coach Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles.

He started 10 games at inside linebacker last season and was a regular in the Chiefs' base defense. He left the lineup in obvious passing situations.

Jordan also was perhaps Kansas City's best special teams player last season, and that's an area Washington needed to fix after a disastrous 2013. Part of the problem was a lack depth at linebacker, and the team's backups were not strong on special teams. That should be different this season.

Washington also signed linebackers Adam Hayward and Darryl Sharpton in free agency. Both players have performed well on special teams.

Jordan and Sharpton could compete for the starting job next to incumbent Perry Riley in the Redskins' 3-4 defense. London Fletcher's retirement opened up that position.

ESPN.com Redskins reporter John Keim and Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher contributed to this report.

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