Findlay, Ohio - On Thursday, March 7, the Kansas City Chiefs announced the signing of University of Findlay alumni Harold Jones-Quartey. Jones-Quartey has been in the National Football League for three seasons since leaving Findlay, spending time with the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, and now, the Kansas City Chiefs.
His most significant playing time on the field came in Chicago in 2016 where he started for the Bears in 12 of their 16 games. That year he made 78 total tackles, making him the second-leading tackler on the team. His 66 solo tackles ranked him as eighth in the NFL among players in his position. He had a career-high nine tackles on Oct. 10, 2016 against the Green Bay Packers and had nine tackles on Dec. 4 in a win against San Francisco. He also had one interception and five passes defended.
In November of 2017, Jones-Quartey signed with the Eagles' practice squad. Later that winter his team went on to defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
Jones-Quartey was named second team all-conference as a senior (2014) and was a first team all-league pick during his junior season with the Oilers. He led the Oilers defense with 105 tackles as a senior. His 70 solo stops on the year ranked third in the conference and he also added 3.5 tackles for a loss.
Jones-Quartey was also an honorable mention All-American pick by D2Football.com for his performance during the 2014 campaign.
The Columbus, Ohio native ended his career with 241 tackles. He also picked off four passes and forced three fumbles during his tenure with the Oilers.
"Football is so important to him," former Bears defensive coordinator and current Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said of Jones-Quartey in 2016, per the Tribune. "He just wants to do the right thing. He wants to learn. He has a burning desire to be the best player he can be. And he's that way 24-7. When you get a guy like that, you can't help but cheer for him."
Jones-Quartey will be among those competing for a spot at safety in the offseason and preseason, as he joins a group that at the moment includes Eric Berry, Daniel Sorensen, Eric Murray, Armani Watts, and possibly restricted free agent Jordan Lucas. The Chiefs are expected to make more moves at the safety position from here, however, which could include adding more help in free agency and/or the draft as well as possibly parting ways with some of their veteran players.