Brian Waters has been a staple of the Kansas City Chiefs franchise, and he is one of the key players that team cannot afford to cut.
Now the NFL lockout has been settled, teams will be in a scramble to take care of offseason tasks they normally have months to figure out.
This time, it will all happen in about a week. This includes decisions on cutting players.
The Chiefs need to make sure they do not make mistakes in cutting important players.
Let's take a look at five players they might consider cutting, that they absolutely cannot.
Cameron Sheffield is entering his second year with the Kansas City Chiefs, and may be given a chance to take Mike Vrabel's place.
Sheffield may be lacking experience and we do not know much about him yet.
The Chiefs need to avoid making a hasty decision on him based on little evidence of his abilities.
Whether he looks below average in training camp or not, he needs to be given a chance.
This team will have a big hole at outside linebacker after the departure of Mike Vrabel.
Sheffield may turn out to be the answer this season or down the line. He may never pan out.
Still, he deserves a fair chance, and the Chiefs should not cut him before the 2011 season.
The thinnest position for the Kansas City Chiefs right now is wide receiver, and Jerheme Urban deserves another chance to win playing time for this team.
Urban had a season-ending injury extremely early on last season, pushing him out of favor in the 2011 outlook.
This team needs to remember what they brought him in here for.
He is not a game-changer. He is not going to stretch defenses down the field.
Still, he is a solid possession receiver with great physical skills.
Urban has the size and hands to contribute to this offense.
The Chiefs need to keep Urban around as a safety valve in case first-round pick Johnathan Baldwin does not pan out.
The Kansas City Chiefs still seem too unsettled with their linebacker corps to let Demorrio Williams go.
Last season, there seemed to be two middle linebacker duos that only worked together for the Chiefs.
There was the Williams and Corey Mays pair along with the Derrick Johnson and Jovan Belcher duo.
Johnson and Belcher turned into the starting crew, but Williams is the most experienced middle linebacker on the roster.
Johnson has turned into a leader at this team, playing his entire career thus far with the Chiefs. His new contract has proven that he has finally won over head coach Todd Haley.
Nonetheless, injuries are a part of the game, and Williams needs to be around for at least one more year to provide a veteran presence and fill in at times of need.
Donald Washington has yet to find a niche in the NFL, but the Kansas City Chiefs need to let him figure it out.
The Chiefs drafted him in 2009 partly because of his great physical tools, including a notable vertical leap.
Washington has yet to turn that into production with the Chiefs.
He has tried playing both cornerback and safety. The ability to float around the defensive backfield as a safety and allow Eric Berry to pick him up when he makes mistakes may make the most sense for the development of Washington.
His potential is off the charts, but head coach Todd Haley does not seem like the type to wait around for potential to turn into production.
Nonetheless, Haley needs to find it in him to give Washington more time and avoid cutting him.
Brian Waters has done too much for the Kansas City Chiefs franchise for the relationship to end by the team cutting him.
Many people are speculating the Chiefs will choose to give playing time to promising young guards Jon Asamoah and Rodney Hudson rather than keep Waters around for the last year of his contract.
Waters has spent his entire career with the Chiefs, making Pro Bowls and consistently being recognized as one of the best guys in the league.
Despite what he has done for the franchise, there are still murmurs that they want to avoid the salary cap hit and cut him before his contract ends.
Waters may not play quite up to his salary this season. He is getting older and nearing the end of his career. Let's not forget that he started at guard for the best rushing attack in the NFL last season.
In the end, his contributions to this franchise should warrant another season in red.