According to NFL rules, today is the day that the Kansas City Chiefs, and the rest of the NFL, must trim their roster to 80 players. The Chiefs began the process yesterday when they waived seven players. As of this morning the Chiefs still need to cut two players by the 3 pm central time deadline.
Getting an early start yesterday, the Chiefs announced that LB Eric Bakhtiari, RB Tervaris Johnson, DB Javes Lewis, WR Chris Manno, WR Josue Paul, DB Mario Russell and WR Chandler Williams have all been released.
Although I know a few people on Bleacher Report, including my fellow Chiefs Featured Columnist Nathan Badley, were pulling for Chris Manno to make the team, there really are no surprises within this initial group of cuts.
Since the wide receiver position is currently crowded on the Chiefs' roster, it made sense to start cutting players who had no chance to make the roster, so other players have more opportunity to show their skills before the final cut to 53 players. The rest of the players cut yesterday have been non-factors this preseason.
One thing to keep in mind and to watch for today, and over the next few days, is not just the players the Chiefs release but the players that other teams release that the Chiefs could want. Over the next couple of days the Chiefs could sign a few players released by other teams.
Teams all over the NFL will not only release players at the bottom of their rosters, but there will most likely be cuts of older, high-priced veterans. Teams cut ties with these veterans for various reasons, but mainly the reason tends to be money.
If a team has depth at a position and they have a young, talented player ready to step forward, the team will often cut the veteran in favor of moving forward with the younger and cheaper player. The Chiefs made a similar move earlier this offseason by cutting Brian Waters in order to let Jon Asamoah start.
The main positions of potential cuts that I would pay attention to across the NFL today are offensive lineman, particularly tackles, and defensive line. If a solid veteran player is released today there is a high probability that the Chiefs will be interested.
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