After the Cuts: Four Players the Kansas City Chiefs Need to Sign

TJ GerrityCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 3: Brian Brohm #11 of the Green Bay Packers throws downfield against the Tennessee Titans during a preseason NFL game at LP Field on September 3, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

All 32 teams have pared their rosters down to 53 as of yesterday afternoon, and there were surprising cuts for every team.

For the Chiefs, it was the release of safety Bernard Pollard; for the Raiders, it was quarterback Jeff Garcia (everybody but Al Davis knows he is a better QB than JaMarcus Russell).

At this point in time, most writers for teams are making "lists" of players their own teams should look at, just like we all did when free agency started.

The biggest thing for the Chiefs is the fact that the 54th player on teams like the Steelers, Patriots, and Ravens might be better than the 35th player on our team. Because of that, this period is more important for us than a lot of teams.

We still have a lot of holes in this 53-man roster—most notably right tackle and punt returner.

**As of about 3 p.m. Sunday, is reporting the Chiefs have claimed former Patriots offensive tackle Ryan O'Callaghan off of waivers. To make room for O'Callaghan, the Chiefs waived former sixth-round pick Barry Richardson. As of now, it looks like he might be starting at right tackle come Monday's practice, as Richardson was listed as the starter at that position before this move.


Tony Pashos, OT

Everybody and their mother is lobbying for their team to pick up Pashos as either a backup to push for the starting job or as an outright starter. We would need him as a starter. The main reason he was cut was because he refused to receive a pay cut, so he still has starter potential in him for a few more years.

ESPN Insider rates Pashos as a 68, while last year's starter Damion McIntosh was a 61. ESPN's scouting says this about Pashos:

"Pashos has been with two teams during his seven-year career, four seasons with Baltimore and the past three with Jacksonville. He started all 16 games at right tackle for the Jaguars in 2008 and does a good job of anchoring that side of the offensive line.

"He is a massive tackle with long arms, excellent strength, and adequate athleticism. He is a powerful drive blocker that often simply engulfs opponents and uses his long arms to lock up opponents and drive them off the line.

"He is not a natural knee bender and has to work to keep his pad level down to leverage his blocks. He tends to grab wide to engulf opponents and has just enough foot agility to work his way around and seal opponents off. He has limited lateral range in pass protection and often has to turn his hips to run rushers on by the pocket. He is susceptible to counter moves but can sink his hips to hunker down versus the bull rush."

**The 49ers have signed OT Tony Pashos as of Monday, 9/7.


Shaun Smith, DT

Smith was cut by the Lions yesterday, and while normally teams want to stay away when players are cut from the Lions, Smith might be the exception. At 6'2" and 325 lbs., he is quite a load and can provide much-needed playing experience at nose tackle, formerly playing in Cleveland in a 3-4.

Neither Tank Tyler nor Rod Edwards is playing outstandingly, and Smith could come in and immediately compete for a starting job.

Not only has he played NT before, he's also nimble enough that he rotated in as a DE while in Cleveland as well, so he brings the versatility that Scot Pioli craves. Smith would more than likely take Wallace Gilberry's spot on the roster.


Joe Zelenka, TE/Long Snapper

Zelenka has been the long snapper for the Jags for the past eight seasons and has been a pretty consistent one at that. ESPN scouting says this about his snapping:

"He has excellent size for the position and is very accurate with the punt, PAT, and field goal snaps. He has good velocity on his snaps and consistently delivers a good spiral, but can be a bit inconsistent with his accuracy."

The biggest appeal of Zelenka is that he also can be the third tight end on the roster, taking Jake O'Connell's spot on the team. Having Zelenka play both third TE and long snapper opens up a spot on the 53-man roster. This roster spot can be used for a ninth offensive lineman, as we are only carrying eight at the time.


Brian Brohm, QB

From potential No. 1 overall pick to second round pick to being cut by the Packers Saturday, Brohm is still loaded with talent. This is an obvious match for the Chiefs, as other than our $60 million man Matt Cassel, our quarterbacks are pretty weak. Brohm failed to impress the Packers' coaching staff, but I have a feeling he would be an upgrade over Tyler Thigpen and probably even Brodie Croyle.