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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Eric Crouch signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in another attempt to make the NFL as a defensive back.


The Chiefs will look at Crouch as a safety and plan to send him to NFL Europe this spring. Crouch, who won the Heisman in 2001 at Nebraska, is committed to defense, Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said.


"He said he would do whatever we wanted him to do," Vermeil said.


In 2002 Crouch was a third-round draft choice of the St. Louis Rams, who wanted to use him as a receiver, but he left the team in training camp when he wasn't given a chance at quarterback. He later had a couple of trials with the Green Bay Packers, once as a quarterback and then as a safety, but he was released before training camp last season.


His agent, Jim Steiner, said Crouch "has no more desire to play quarterback."


"He's fired up about this," Steiner said. "I've noticed a change in his attitude about things. He's as excited about this opportunity as he's been than about anything since he was in college."

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