NFL Rumors: Chiefs Signing Louis Rees-Zammit to Contract; Rugby Star Will Play RB/WR

NFL Rumors: Chiefs Signing Louis Rees-Zammit to Contract; Rugby Star Will Play RB/WR
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 13: Gloucester's Louis Rees-Zammitt celebrates after scoring a try during an EPCR Challenge Cup match between Edinburgh Rugby and Gloucester at the Hive Stadium, on January 13, 2src24, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

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The Kansas City Chiefs will sign former Wales rugby star Louis Rees-Zammit on Friday to play running back and wide receiver, according to NFL reporter Jordan Schultz.

Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report

The #Chiefs also plan on giving Louis Rees-Zammit a shot to be involved with kickoffs — which with the new rules makes this a significant signing.

Schultz added that Rees-Zammit “fielded interest from quite a few NFL teams” and also visited the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos.

Rees-Zammit, 23, announced in January that he was leaving rugby and joining the NFL’s international player pathway. He was one of the bright young stars in his former sport, which made his departure for professional football a stunning development.

Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell

Rees-Zammit was a upper-echelon rugby player and is still only 22 – there’s a really exciting possibility here if he can pick up pro football

“I have had the incredible honor of playing rugby for my country which, as a proud Welshman, I’ve never taken for granted,” he said in a statement at the time (h/t ESPN). “However, I believe that this is the right time for me to realize another professional goal of playing Amer

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