Former Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens is expected to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a report from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. The deal will pay Hitchens $9 million annually.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018
Hitchens, a former 3-star recruit, was the No. 116 outside linebacker in the nation and the No. 90 player in Ohio in the Class of 2010, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. At Iowa, he played mostly on special teams as a freshman and sophomore.
He transitioned to starting linebacker for his last two years of college, and he finished his Hawkeyes career with 270 tackles. As a senior in 2013, he recorded 112 tackles, 13½ tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 3 passes defended and 1 fumble recovery.
Hitchens was selected in the fourth round (119th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. It was a surprising move considering many expected Hitchens to be a late-round selection or go undrafted.
He picked up where he left off in college, amassing 75 tackles, 4 passes defended and 1 interception as a rookie. Hitchens had been a consistent member of the Cowboys’ starting defense since.