Kansas City Chiefs: 6 Players Who Will Be Gone in 2013
To many NFL teams, the year 2013 might seem like a long ways away from now.
However, it will be here before we all know it.
Like any other year, the Kansas City Chiefs will have many tough decisions to make in 2013, which will include cutting players from their roster.
Here are six key players that will not be in KC after next year.
TE Steve Maneri (RFA 2013)
Right before the '11 season, the Chiefs signed former New England Patriots OT Steve Maneri to add more depth to their offensive line.
After playing just two games for KC last year, the team decided to re-sign him to a minimal contract for 2012.
Even though the Chiefs seem to like Maneri by bringing him back, don't be fooled by this at all.
Next year, he will be lining up as a tight end, where he will be hard pressed to find playing time behind Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss.
DE Tyson Jackson (UFA 2014)
When the Chiefs used the third overall pick of the '09 NFL Draft on former LSU DE Tyson Jackson, they were hoping that he could eventually be an impact player along their defensive line.
Three years later, it still hasn't really happened yet.
Despite being one of the top 3-4 defensive ends against the run last season, Jackson provides zero pass rush and is on thin ice to remain on this team after 2012.
ILB Jovan Belcher (UFA 2013)
Having Jovan Belcher's name on this list might come as a surprise to some.
However, Belcher has shown time and time again that he is a liability in coverage and is currently one of the weakest links on a defense that could challenge to be one of the top units in the league this season.
With this year's draft class looking fairly deep at inside linebacker, don't be surprised if the Chiefs grab one and are able to find Belcher's eventual replacement.
Couple that with teammate Brandon Siler coming back from injury this year and Belcher's future as a Kansas City Chief has suddenly become much dimmer.
TE Jake O'Connell (RFA 2013)
Reserve tight end Jake O'Connell has done hardly anything in his three-year NFL career.
The former seventh round pick out of Miami University in Ohio has made just 12 catches for 90 yards in eight combined starts for KC since he came into the league as a rookie in 2009.
With the recent signing of free agent Kevin Boss, this season could be O'Connell's last chance to impress the Chiefs brass.
If he doesn't perform, he will likely be looking for work in 2013.
G Ryan Lilja (UFA 2013)
Veteran guard Ryan Lilja was signed by KC back in 2010 in order to help bring some experience to the left side of their offensive line.
In his two years with the team, Lilja has seen a decline in his overall level of play and could get replaced as early as this season.
He has been inconsistent at his left guard position and is easily the weakest starter along the Chiefs' offensive line as of right now.
For a player that is scheduled to be a free agent next year, the writing is already on the wall for the ex-Colt.
S Donald Washington (UFA 2013)
Along with Jake O'Connell, safety Donald Washington has been another disappointment from the Chiefs' 2010 draft class.
In his first two seasons, the former Ohio State Buckeye played sparingly for this defense.
Last year, he saw more action in KC's defensive backfield after star S Eric Berry was lost for the season in week one.
Needless to say, Washington struggled in coverage all year and should be on the chopping block when his contract runs out after this season.