​The Kansas City Chiefs have made a move to bolster their defense.


According to reports, the Chiefs signed former Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Nate Orchard to a contract on Wednesday.

​​The move comes after Justin Houston suffered a hamstring injury last weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The injury is serious enough to keep Houston out for a few weeks, so the Chiefs took that news, brought in Orchard for a workout earlier this week, and put pen to paper on Wednesday.


Orchard was a second-round pick by the Browns in 2015 out of Utah. ​The "Hard Knocks" star was one of the final roster cuts at the deadline, and then signed with the Buffalo Bills before being released last week.

In his four NFL seasons, Orchard has 69 total tackles, five sacks, five passes defensed, and one interception.


Orchard will look to improve a banged up Chiefs defense, which has given up the most yardage to opposing offenses per game (461.8). Kansas City hopes the addition of Orchard will help solve that issue.