Chad Kilgore has been afforded another chance to make it in the NFL by his hometown team.
Out of professional football since August, the former Northwest Missouri State linebacker and Orrick native signed a free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday.
Kilgore is not guaranteed a roster spot for next year, but will have an opportunity to earn one during upcoming mini-camps and training camp.
"I think it's really neat," said Northwest Missouri State head coach Adam Dorrel. "I'm not surprised. Just watching him in preseason games last year, he seems to do really well. He seems to compete at a really high level. The thing I noticed watching him and after talking to him is he didn't feel like the game was too big for him. He felt like he could play there. That's a lot of it with kids. I'm really happy for him. I think a lot of it stems from what he did last year with the Raiders."
An undrafted free agent, Kilgore (6-1, 230) attended mini-camp with the Green Bay Packers last summer and was subsequently let go.
He later earned a training camp invite from the Oakland Raiders and played in all four preseason games before being released in the final round of cuts.
Kilgore, who had four tackles in his preseason debut on Monday Night Football, did enough during that short stint to earn a look from the Chiefs who cleaned house after a 2-14 season.
He is one seven linebackers listed on the current roster which will grow over the coming months.
The Chiefs starters at that position last year were Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson.
Kilgore was a two-time All-American at Northwest and a three-time All-MIAA selection. He is Northwest's fourth all-time leading tackler with 392 and led the Bearcats in tackles during each of his final two seasons in 2010 and 2011.
Kilgore attended Excelsior Springs High School and earned all-state accolades as a senior.
The Chiefs will hold their first mini-camps during the month of May. They have a pre-Draft workout scheduled with former Northwest running back/return man Jordan Simmons Apr. 5.