Fitzgerald Signs with Chiefs

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former Kansas State defensive lineman Jeffrey Fitzgerald has agreed to a free-agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, the organization announced Monday.

An honorable mention All-Big 12 selection this past season, Fitzgerald collected 40 total tackles from his defensive end position, 10.0 of which went for losses. The Richmond, Va., native also led the team in sacks with 7.0, forced three fumbles while recovering two and also returned one interception for a touchdown.

The 6-4, 280-pound lineman played one season at Kansas State after transferring from Virginia, where he was a freshman All-American in 2006. In two seasons as UVA, Fitzgerald totaled 137 tackles, 12.0 sacks, four interceptions and 24.0 tackles for loss.

He joins tight end Jeron Mastrud and defensive back Joshua Moore as Wildcats who have currently joined NFL franchises this year and will reunite with former Wildcats Ryan Lilja and Jon McGraw in Kansas City.

Moore was selected in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by Chicago to run K-State's streak of having at least one player drafted to 17 consecutive years, a figure that ranks third-best among Big 12 schools. Mastrud signed a free-agent contract with Tampa Bay last month.