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Chiefs sign Alonzo Highsmith Jr. to reserve-futures contract

Updated: 2014-01-15T11:22:13Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs have signed linebacker Alonzo Highsmith Jr. to a reserve-futures contract.

Highsmith, 24, is listed at 6 feet 1 and 233 pounds. He played college ball at Arkansas, where he had a breakout junior season in 2011 in which he recorded 80 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks and an interception. He racked up 54 tackles through six games his senior year before a foot injury ended his college career.

Highsmith went undrafted, was signed by the Miami Dolphins in May and released during training camp in August.

His father, Alonzo Highsmith, is a former NFL running back who is Green Bay’s senior personnel executive.

Reserve-futures contracts begin when the new league year opens in March and don’t count against the current roster limit. They essentially allow teams to sign players for the upcoming season even though the new season has not begun yet. Only players who are not on an NFL team’s active roster at the conclusion of the regular season are eligible for these contracts.

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