Don’t be surprised if Abdullah is a Chiefs starter next season
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For a team that couldn’t afford to splurge in free agency, re-signing Husain Abdullah became an easy call for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs, quite clearly, see a bright future for Abdullah.
"Love him. I love the soul, I love how he plays the game," general manager John Dorsey recently told The Kansas City Star. "He plays it with his eyes. I have a lot of respect for him."
Abdullah, 28, signed a club-friendly two-year deal with the Chiefs last week worth $2.27 million.
And after a solid season in the secondary and on special teams last season, Abdullah could compete for the starting free safety spot vacated by Kendrick Lewis.
In a limited role in 2013, Abdullah nonetheless made an impact. He recorded 17 tackles (12 solos), defended four passes and returned one interception for a touchdown.
And while Chiefs fans will want to forget the team’s ugly playoff loss to the Colts, Abdullah was one of the few defenders who played well that day. He picked off Colts quarterback Andrew Luck twice.
Abdullah isn’t sure whether he will get a shot at starting next season, but he says he will be ready if the opportunity presents itself.
"You just have to sit back and wait and let the offseason shape out and let the coaches, coach (Andy) Reid and general manager Dorsey, kind of do their thing," he said. "Whatever they ask me to do, I’m going to be here. I’m just excited for the future and I’m here (for whatever’s) necessary."
Asked to explain why he decided to return to Kansas City, Abdullah broke into a smile.
"Everything from the fans to the way the organization is run to just the way we gelled last year as a family," he said. "It was everybody coming together and being successful and playing for a contender. It was being around people who you like and people who like you. There are just so many positives."
At the top of that list of positives was defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.
"Yeah, coach (Bob) Sutton definitely loves his team and is able to get a lot of DBs out there on the field," Abdullah said. "We’re all out there running around, (doing) all different kinds of blitzes and everybody is getting a chance to make plays and have fun.
"And (Dave) Toub, that was one of the, since college, the best special teams units I’ve ever played for. And it was fun to play for. It’s kind of a no-brainer in coming back."
While it seems logical that Abdullah could move into the safety spot, he also could step in and start at corner if needed as well.
"Yeah, like I said, whatever they ask me to do," he said. "I think they looked at me, you know, I’ve always been looked at as kind of a ‘tweener — so they look at me and say, ‘We can use Husain here, we can use Husain there.’ Depending on what their game plan is for the week and however it is they want to use me, I’m going to be comfortable with it.
"I know that they’re going to put me in the best possible situation to succeed."
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