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

Timothy Rapp @@TRappaRT Featured Columnist IV March 28, 2024 Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images 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

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

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVMarch 28, 2024

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, 2024, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

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The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs will signal former Wales rugby star Louis Rees-Zammit on Friday to play working again and extensive receiver, in keeping with NFL reporter Jordan Schultz.

Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report

The #Chiefs additionally plan on giving Louis Rees-Zammit a shot to be concerned with kickoffs — which with the brand new guidelines makes this a big signing. pic.twitter.com/HramyqTyaA https://t.co/aMQjwSMsfS

Schultz added that Rees-Zammit “fielded curiosity from fairly a number of NFL groups” and likewise visited the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos.

Rees-Zammit, 23, introduced in January that he was leaving rugby and becoming a member of the NFL’s worldwide participant pathway. He was one of many vivid younger stars in his former sport, which made his departure for skilled soccer a surprising growth.

Invoice Barnwell @billbarnwell

Rees-Zammit was a upper-echelon rugby participant and continues to be solely 22 – there is a actually thrilling risk right here if he can choose up professional soccer https://t.co/8S0xFvb387

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“I’ve had the unimaginable honor of taking part in rugby for my nation which, as a proud Welshman, I’ve by no means taken as a right,” he mentioned in a press release on the time (h/t ESPN). “Nevertheless, I imagine that that is the appropriate time for me to understand one other skilled aim of taking part in American soccer within the US. These alternatives do not come round fairly often.”

He made 31 Take a look at caps for Wales on the wing and at fullback, scoring 14 tries. He added on Instagram in January that he wasn’t essentially retiring from rugby, however needed to “discover a brand new problem that has the potential to diversify my ability set.”

Throughout his professional day on Friday, Rees-Zammit posted a 4.43 in his 40-yard sprint, a 9’7″ broad bounce and 29-inch vertical bounce. Even when he takes time adjusting to life within the NFL—it is no small feat altering sports activities, particularly on the highest degree—the NFL added a seventeenth spot on the observe squad this yr particularly for worldwide gamers, and groups will likely be allowed to raise such gamers to the lively roster as much as thrice.

That may enhance his possibilities at residing out each his personal and father’s desires.

“It is at all times been on my thoughts,” he told reporters Friday. “My dad has been a large function mannequin to me as a result of he introduced me up loving the game. He performed the game when he was youthful so it is fairly straightforward to like the sport as a result of I have been watching it from such a younger age. So, it is at all times been behind my head, but it surely’s simply superb to lastly do it now.”

The NFL’s worldwide participant pathway has led to a number of success tales, most notably Philadelphia Eagles star left sort out Jordan Mailata, a former Australian rugby participant. Rees-Zammit will likely be hoping to copy that degree of success with the defending champion Chiefs.

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