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Chiefs sign veteran safety Abram Elam

Posted Jun 4, 2012

Elam, a six-year NFL veteran, started 16 games for the Cowboys in 2011


The Chiefs signed veteran safety Abram Elam Monday morning. Details of the contract were not released.

The unrestricted free agent started 16 games for the Cowboys last season and has made 64 career starts over his six-year NFL career.

Elam visited the Chiefs as a free agent on May 24th. He is one of several free agent safeties the Chiefs have hosted this offseason.

The 6-0, 207-pounder has played in 92 career games with Dallas (2006, 2011), the New York Jets (2007-08) and Cleveland (2009-10). He’s recorded 365 tackles (271 solo), 5.0 sacks (-39.0 yards) and three interceptions for 110 yards, including a 92-yard touchdown return.

Elam also owns eight forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 41 special teams tackles.

The West Palm Beach, Fla., native originally entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2005, but was released during training camp. Elam attended Palm Beach Community College and played at Notre Dame (2001) before finishing at Kent State University (2004).

The Chiefs are resting safeties Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis during offseason practices as the two players rehabilitate injuries suffered last season. Travis Daniels, who’s primarily played cornerback during his NFL career, has been working with the first-team defense during OTAs at free safety. Multiple players have rotated next to Daniels at the strong safety position.

Elam is expected to participate in Monday’s OTA session.

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