Dorian O'Daniel

Minor NFL Transactions: 1/16/21

Here are the minor moves from divisional-round Saturday:

Cleveland Browns

Kansas City Chiefs

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chiefs To Promote OL Stefen Wisniewski

Two weeks after rejoining the Chiefs as a practice squad stash, Stefen Wisniewski is on track to suit up for the team. The Chiefs are promoting their 2019 playoff starter ahead of their Week 13 game.

An injury derailed Wisniewski’s time with the Steelers, who reached an injury settlement with him to move him off their IR list. Now, Wisniewski will attempt to help Pittsburgh’s challenger for the AFC’s No. 1 seed.

Wisniewski was not on the Chiefs team that claimed home-field advantage two years ago, but the productive journeyman played a key role on last season’s team. The Chiefs turned to the former Raiders, Jaguars and Eagles interior O-lineman as one of their starting guards in each of the team’s three playoff games. Wisniewski has started in two Super Bowls.

The 31-year-old blocker may now profile as depth behind interior starters Andrew Wylie, Nick Allegretti and Daniel Kilgore. But it certainly would not surprise if Wisniewski commandeered one of Kansas City’s first-string slots. If nothing else, the 2020 season has required depth more than any other due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chiefs also placed linebacker Dorian O’Daniel on IR and promoted defensive back Chris Lammons.

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Chiefs Sign Third-Round LB Dorian O’Daniel

The Chiefs inked another one of their draft picks today. ESPN’s Adam Teicher reports that the team has signed linebacker Dorian O’Daniel.

The Clemson product, who was selected with the 100th-overall pick, followed up a stellar 2016 campaign with an even better 2017 season. As a senior, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound O’Daniel finished with 88 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, five passes defended, and a pair of interceptions. His performance earned him a second-team all-conference nod.

Of course, the rookie will struggle for playing time on a crowded Kansas City depth chart. With Justin Houston and Dee Ford penciled in as the team’s starting outside linebackers, O’Daniel will have to battle with Frank Zombo and former second-rounder Tanoh Kpassagnon for playing time.

With this signing, the Chiefs have signed five of their six draft picks. Third-round defensive lineman Derrick Nnadi remains unsigned. The list of other Chiefs’ draft picks includes:

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