Former Arkansas Linebacker Finds New Home in NFL

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By Otis Kirk

Former Arkansas linebacker Martrell Spaight has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL for the 2019 season.

Spaight, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, made the announcement on his Instagram page on Thursday.

“2018 was filled with so many trials and tribulations. But God is already showing out in 2019. Growing up a Chiefs fan watching my favorite player Priest Holmes Sunday after Sunday now I’m blessed to be able to be a part of such a great program filled with so much tradition. Thank you @chiefs!! 2019 season can’t wait!! #Unfinishedbusiness”

The Chiefs will be Spaight’s fourth team in the NFL. He was with the Redskins from 2015-17. He played in one game with the Redskins in 2015, 14 in 2016 and then 15 in 2017. He played in seven games this past season. He was with Miami for four games and then three with Jacksonville. 

His best season in the NFL was 2017 when he started six games. He finished with 69 tackles, including 41 solo, four tackles for loss, one quarterback hit, two pass deflections and a fumble recovery.

He played at Arkansas in 2013-14. In 2014, he had a breakout season finishing with 128 tackles, including 64 unassisted, 10.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. 

He played his high school football at North Little Rock. He spent the 2011-12 seasons at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College where he attracted an offer from Arkansas and several others. He was originally committed to Kansas State, but when the Hogs offered he opted for them. 

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