The Kansas City Chiefs announced the signing of former Minnesota Vikings safety Husain Abdullah on Monday. Abdullah was reported to have worked out with Kansas City on February 8. It is anticipated Abdullah will fill the roster spot currently held by pending free agent safety Abram Elam, and will compete with Tysyn Hartman and Kendrick Lewis for playing time. Chip pointed out two weeks ago that the Chiefs could use some help in the secondary given their poor pass defense last season.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings in 2008, Abdullah compiled 167 tackles, two sacks, and 11 passes defensed in 54 games, 24 of them starts, with Minnesota. Pro Football Focus was bullish on the signing, noting Adbullah was graded as the Vikings best safety and one of the top 25 safeties in football in 2011, and referred to the signing as “interesting” and “smart.”
Husain and his brother Hamza, a former defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, missed the 2012 season to go on a religious pilgrimage to Mecca. “I visited Makkah, Saudi Arabia in March and a strong sense of urgency overcame me to attend ‘Hajj’ in October,” Husain said. ”I love the game of football but it would directly coincide with my pilgrimage. So, I’m taking some time off.”
The brothers were featured in a segment on NBC’s news magazine show “Rock Center” last fall.