Chief LB Damien Wilson was the team’s third pick in 2019.

The linebacking corps of the Kansas City Chiefs has been one of the team’s most consistent units over the past two seasons, without being particularly sexy. Although the unit does not have the strength of the Chiefs’ receiving corps or a revamped defensive line, Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson have started a total of 58 regular season games since 2019.

The latter is now on the free market and no longer appears to be part of the team’s plans, after general manager Brett Veach and company withheld a second-round pick for Willie Gay Jr. in last year’s NFL Draft.

According to insiders at ESPN Field Yates Wednesday afternoon, Wilson is currently on an official free agent visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The meeting is the 7-year-old linebacker’s first visit during the offseason to be made public.

The Jaguars have invited former Los Angeles coach Damien Wilson to an open house.

The Giants welcome former Texas LB Dylan Cole (Mississippi State).

– Paul Yates (@FieldYates) March 31, 2021

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Wilson, who died on the 28th. May, who is 28, came into the league as a fourth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. In his first four seasons in Dallas, he was just an average scorer. In 64 games (22 starts), Wilson had 121 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder did not get a second contract with the Cowboys and instead opted for a two-year, $5.75 million contract in Kansas City.

The move has paid off for Wilson, who started 29 of 32 games for the AFC champion Chiefs the past two seasons. He missed the first three games of his pro career in 2020 after a knee injury sidelined him between weeks 14 and 16.

Wilson finished second (81) and third (73) on the team in 2019 and 2020, doubling his previous single-season record (37) with the Cowboys. Given the sluggish free agent market that veterans like Wilson face the most, he could be offered a similar contract and salary in 2021 if Jacksonville decides to contract him.

He is currently ahead of Miles Jack at second and Joe Schobert, the former Pro Bowler for the Cleveland Browns. Wilson is the third veteran under contract with the team.


Chris Licata writes for the NFL about the Kansas City Chiefs from hostile Denver, Colorado. Follow him on Twitter @Chris__Licata or join the Heavy on Chiefs community on Facebook for the latest information on the Kingdom of Chiefs!

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