Linebacker Frank Zombo has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a street free agent, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Chiefs are signing former Packer Frank Zombo, who reunited with KC GM John Dorsey.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 3, 2013
With three years of experience under his belt, Zombo entered the offseason as a restricted free agent, but when the Packers didn’t offer him a tender of any level, he was free to test the open market.
Terms of the deal were not reported, but no matter what size contract he receives, Zombo will not count as part of the compensatory draft pick formula next season.
After coming to Green Bay as an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan, Zombo exceeded expectations and had a encouraging rookie season, which included eight starts and four sacks and two forced fumbles in the regular season.
The high-water mark of Zombo’s career probably came in Super Bowl XLV when he got the start at right outside linebacker and recorded a sack of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Since that time, Zombo couldn’t stay healthy, suffering a variety of injuries that sidelined him more often that not.
A broken scapula limited him to five games and one start in 2011 while a hamstring injury forced Zombo to miss all but seven games and zero starts in 2012.
There were no indications that the Packers attempted to re-sign Zombo this offseason, but in Kansas City he’ll get a fresh start under former Packers front office executive John Dorsey.
With Zombo and Erik Walden leaving the Packers in free agency, the Packers lack depth at the outside linebacker position. Clay Matthews is a proven commodity, but 2012 first round draft choice Nick Perry is coming off a wrist injury that forced him to be placed in injured reserve last season.
Dezman Moses is the only other outside linebacker on the roster with any NFL experience, although the Packers did sign Micah Johnson to a futures contract after last season.