Former Chiefs Linebacker Damien Wilson Signs With Jacksonville Jaguars

Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Damien Wilson has found himself a new home in the AFC with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Damien Wilson has found himself a new home in the AFC with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars' Twitter account officially announced the signing of the Super Bowl LIV champion on Friday.

Wilson has been a part of the last two seasons in Kansas City and started all 35 games he participated in, including the playoffs. Wilson notched 154 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles in his two regular seasons as a Chiefs. In the Playoffs, he recorded 33 tackles on the way to the team's two Super Bowl appearances.

The 6-foot, 245-pound linebacker was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. In his four years in Dallas, Wilson recorded 121 tackles, nine tackles for loss, eight quarterback hits and 2.5 sacks.

With Wilson's departure, Kansas City could be on the lookout for another linebacker in free agency or in the 2021 NFL Draft to help them fill out their depth at the position.

As of now, Anthony Hitchens, Willie Gay Jr., Ben Niemann, Omari Cobb, Darius Harris, Dorian O'Daniel and Emmanuel Smith are the only linebackers on the roster.

Prior to the beginning of free agency on March 17, Arrowhead Report's Conner Christopherson wrote about the Chiefs' dilemma at linebacker and what they should be on the hunt for during his Seven Days of Free Agency series.

The importance of linebackers has decreased in the NFL in recent years, due to the league's evolution into a passing league more and more each year. Linebackers are still important cogs in the defense, but they are not quite the quarterbacks of the defense that they used to be.

The Kansas City Chiefs, like many teams, will be entering the offseason looking for a linebacker that can excel in pass coverage. A task that seems easy enough at first has eluded many teams around the league as they have built their rosters. The Chiefs are no exception.

It was reported Wilson visited with the Jaguars earlier in the week. Wilson becomes the seventh new addition to the defense in Jacksonville under first-year head coach Urban Meyer. 

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