Great news out of Kansas City for former University of Washington free safety Justin Glenn, who has been signed by the Kansas City Chiefs following his tryout for new head coach Andy Reid.
Glenn had a solid career for the Huskies, including a senior season in which he amassed 68 total tackles and 3 interceptions. Despite this, the 5’10” 220-pound defensive back went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft back in April, and it was unclear whether or not he would be able to earn an NFL contract.
November 02, 2012; Berkeley, CA, USA; Washington Huskies safety Justin Glenn (20) carries the ball after the fumble recovery against the California Golden Bears during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Now that he has his shot, it is still far from a given that Glenn will stick to the Kansas City roster all the way until opening day, as the Chiefs had previously signed 13 other undrafted free agents, who will compete with the rookie draft picks and those veterans already on the roster for a limited number of spots.
Glenn is a local product, having played high school football at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington. He was recruited as a cornerback, and was considered a three-star talent by both Scout and Rivals when he committed as part of the Class of 2008.
Even if it will be difficult to survive the various waves of roster cuts over the next several months of the off season, this is obviously an important first step in that journey, and Andy Reid and his staff must have been impressed in rookie camp in order to offer Glenn the opportunity in the first place.
We will keep you updated on his journey through Kansas City’s OTAs, and if Glenn manages to make it all the way through to the beginning of the 2013 season, he will join a growing list of Washington grads playing in the NFL.