Kansas City Chiefs: 7 Players the Chiefs Should Let Go
With a 2-14 season in the books and a new regime on board, you can expect the Kansas City Chiefs to make a lot of personnel changes.
Even though the Chiefs proved that they have talent on the team after sending six players to the Pro Bowl, there are several players on the team who should be let go.
In this slideshow, I will go over who I think the Chiefs should release, trade away or let walk.
QB Matt Cassel
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Matt Cassel aimed to come back and help the Chiefs after falling one game short of winning the division in 2011, but 2012 was not Cassel’s year.
He was pulled off the field midway through the season due to his high turnover total. In the nine games Cassel appeared in, he committed 19 giveaways, averaging at least two turnovers per game.
After joining the franchise in 2009, Cassel has yet to prove that he can lead the Chiefs. Four years is a lot of time for a quarterback to make a case. Cassel doesn’t have a strong case as to why he should be with the Chiefs moving forward.
QB Brady Quinn
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After a disappointing run with the Cleveland Browns and not earning any playing time with the Denver Broncos, Brady Quinn got an opportunity in Kansas City. But Quinn showed us again why his career hasn’t gone the way he would have liked.
Quinn came in after Cassel continued to disappoint the Chiefs. In the end, Quinn’s performance was nearly a mirror image of Cassel’s.
He signed a one-year deal and didn’t make the most of it. It’s safe to say he won’t return to Kansas City in 2013.
QB Ricky Stanzi
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Scott Pioli, who is no longer the general manager of the franchise, drafted Ricky Stanzi two years ago. So where does that leave Stanzi?
He has yet to take a snap with the Chiefs. With both Cassel and Quinn playing at a low level, Stanzi was still excluded from the game plan and inactive more times than not.
QB Alex Tanney
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But let's face the facts: Tanney played college ball at Monmouth, a Division III school. With all due respect to all non-Division I athletes, it's rare for quarterback from a Division III school to make it in the NFL, since many of the quarterbacks from Division I schools get all the attention and hype.
Is there a legitimate case to keep Tanney? While the undrafted free agent did well in his YouTube video, that is his biggest claim to fame.
This Means the Chiefs Have No Quarterbacks
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Let's pause for one moment before we move on.
Yes, I picked all four quarterbacks on the Chiefs roster. That means the Chiefs won't have any quarterbacks on the team and must search for four new quarterbacks going into training camp.
Head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey will definitely seek a quarterback through free agency and possibly two through the draft.
RB Shaun Draughn
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Shaun Draughn was active this past season. Through rushing, receiving and returns, Draughn touched the ball 106 times, but never did anything to impress anyone.
Draughn averaged 3.9 yards per carry while working with Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis. He averaged 23 yards per return on kickoffs, with his longest accounting for 41 yards.
The Chiefs will need a better utility player to fill in. With Kansas City picking high in the second round of the draft, Tavon Austin from West Virginia would be the perfect replacement.
TE Jake O'Connell
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Tony Moeaki made his return this season while Kevin Boss joined the Chiefs last offseason.
The Chiefs also converted Steve Maneri from tackle to tight end and he filled that role well. He was targeted more than Jake O’Connell and helped the Chiefs move the chains a couple of times.
The Chiefs can rely on their three tight ends to succeed in their roles. Keeping O’Connell as a fourth option may be unlikely.
DE Glenn Dorsey
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Since being drafted fifth overall out of LSU in 2008, there was a lot of optimism surrounding Glenn Dorsey while the Chiefs were in the 4-3 defense.
But Dorsey’s name was barely mentioned during his rookie season and it’s been that way throughout his career after he switched to defensive end when Kansas City adapted to the 3-4 defense in 2009.
In the past, the Chiefs have seen slightly better play from backups Wallace Gilberry, Allen Bailey and Ropati Pitoitua. Meanwhile, Dorsey’s had a hard time adjusting as a defensive end, yet earned over $50 million from his five-year rookie contract.
With Dorsey being a free agent, the Chiefs might let him walk and move on with another player.