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Chiefs reportedly bringing in Zombo

Apr. 3, 2013
 
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Frank Zombo has found a new home with some familiar surroundings.

Although the Green Bay Packers didnít show much interest in Zombo this offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs and former Packers director of football operations John Dorsey are signing the oft-injured linebacker, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Dorsey was a member of the Packers front office when the team signed Zombo as an undrafted free agent in 2010. After taking over as the Chiefs general manager earlier this offseason, Dorsey's first move was signing former Packers defensive tackle Daniel Muir.

A restricted free agent after the season, the Packers gave up their right of first refusal by declining to tender an offer to Zombo, who missed 23 of 48 games because of injuries over the past three seasons.

Zombo made the team as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and went onto tally four sacks in 13 games as a rookie splitting time with Walden for most of the season at one starting outside linebacker spot.

Last year he had his worst injury, a severely pulled hamstring sustained in offseason workouts that sidelined him for all offseason practices, training camp and the first nine games.

In an interview with the Press-Gazette last month, Zombo said the Packers have been in contract with his agent and expressed his desire to return to Green Bay, but didnít have any scheduled visits at the time.

"I have been injury prone," Zombo told the Press-Gazette last month. "But when I've been healthy I've produced."

Zombo, 26, started the season on the physically unable to perform list, but returned for the final seven games where he registered eight tackles. He said he's at full speed and strength.

His most noteworthy accomplishment came at the end of his rookie season in 2010 when he registered a sack of Ben Roethlisberger in the Packersí Super Bowl victory.

With Zombo bound for Kansas City, that leaves the Packers with three outside linebackers from last year's roster in Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and Dezman Moses, along with practice-squad linebacker Micah Johnson.

Zombo wasn't the only former Packer to find a new home on Tuesday as defensive end Jarius Wynn signed with San Diego. A former sixth-round pick by the Packers, Wynn was released during the preseason before catching on with Tennessee where he had six tackles and two sacks in seven games.

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