According to multiple reports, the Kansas City Chiefs have signed undrafted free agent LB Cory Greenwood from Concordia University. After initially failing to sign an NFL deal, Greenwood was drafted third overall in the CFL draft by the Toronto Argonauts.
“I’m very excited,” Greenwood said after undergoing physical tests with the Chiefs on Monday. “To be honest, it caught me off guard. This is what I’ve been working hard for.”
Greenwood said Chiefs director of pro personnel Ray Farmer informed him after the tests on Monday that they were working on a contract for him.
“I thought Kansas City was out of the picture, they had signed 11 free agents, but they released a linebacker and got hold of my agent and told him they wanted me.”
Greenwood took his tests while the Chiefs were in the midst of their first day of organized team activities (OTAs) on Monday. He said he expects to participate in OTAs on Tuesday.
Greenwood realized just how fortunate he was when he sat beside Chiefs first-round pick Eric Berry on a connecting flight from Atlanta to Kansas City.
“I feel pretty lucky to get this opportunity this late in the free agent game. It’s a shot at the NFL and how can you pass it up?”
Greenwood is happy to have a spot with the Argos in his back pocket if it doesn’t work out in Kansas City.
“I can lay everything out on the line here, and know that I’m going to be playing professional football, it’s just a matter of in what country,” he said.
Greenwood had spoken with the Chiefs following the NFL draft, but was not invited to mini-camp or signed to a contract by the club.
Now he faces a steep learning curve with the Chiefs, who play a 3-4 defensive scheme (three down linemen with four linebackers).
“I’ll have to pay attention, take notes, and ask the vets questions. I’m going to have to be a sponge,” Greenwood said.
I would be lying if I said I’ve seen a lot of Concordia football. The Chiefs were obviously looking for a diamond in the rough at linebacker and decided that Greenwood was a better option than Michael Johnson out of North Alabama.
With 86 players now on the roster and being limited to 80 under contract, the Chiefs will have to cut players as they agree to terms with their draft picks over the summer.