The Washington Redskins continue to strengthen their inside linebacker position and special teams units, signing eight-year veteran and James Madison University graduate Akeem Jordan to a contract Wednesday morning. Terms of the deal weren’t immediately available.
Jordan, who grew up in Harrisonburg and played for JMU, spent the first six years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles and last season played for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Jordan started 10 games last season, recording 67 tackles and two forced fumbles. He also contributed on special teams for the Chiefs and Eagles.
Jordan, 28, visited the Redskins on Tuesday.
The Redskins this offseason have worked to fortify both the interior of their defense and their special teams units. Last season, both areas took a hit when longtime contributor Lorenzo Alexander signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Washington had a sizeable hole to fill this offseason because inside linebacker and defensive captain London Fletcher announced his retirement. Fellow starter Perry Riley’s contract also expired, but Washington re-signed him on the first day of free agency.
Since then, the Redskins have added inside linebackers Adam Hayward, Darryl Sharpton and now Jordan, who presumably will compete for the starting position opposite Riley. Washington also has backups Josh Hull (primarily a special teams player), Keenan Robinson, who missed half of his rookie season in 2012 and all of last season with injuries, and first-year player Will Compton on the roster.