The Kansas City Chiefs, looking for depth in its secondary, signed veteran S Abram Elam on Monday, the team announced.
Elam (6-0, 207), 30, enters his seventh season in the NFL in 2012 after stints with Dallas (2006, 2011), the New York Jets (2007-08) and Cleveland (2009-10). He has played in 92 games (64 starts), recording 365 tackles (271 solo), 5.0 sacks (-39.0 yards) and three interceptions for 110 yards, including a 92-yard touchdown return. Elam 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). He attended Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he played quarterback and defensive back earning an all-state selection as a senior.
Elam, known in scouting circles for his intelligence and veteran leadership, figures to compete for playing time behind starting FS Kendrick Lewis. However, he's capable of playing either safety position.