On the opposite end of the spectrum in importance to signing quarterback Alex Smith to a four-year contract extension, the Kansas City Chiefs spent the rest of their time on Sunday adding depth to their defensive line and putting nine players on their practice squad.
The team raised more than a few eyebrows Saturday when they released their 53-man roster and had four tight ends, but only five defensive linemen, on it. They addressed it by claiming Philadelphia Eagle back-up defensive end, Damion Square, off of waivers on Sunday. To make room for Square on the roster, they released tight end Richard Gordon.
Square (6-2, 293-lbs) appeared in 10 games for Philly last year and made four tackles. The second-year pro played collegiately at the University of Alabama.
One of Square’s former collegiate teammates, linebacker Nico Johnson, made news Sunday afternoon when the Chiefs announced he was one of eight players signed to their practice squad.
The eight players added are Johnson, center Ben Gottschalk, running back Charcandrick West, guard Ricky Henry, wide receiver Darryl Surgent, wide receiver Fred Williams, fullback Jordan Campbell and defensive end Kona Schwenke. In addition, the agent for former Chicago Bears linebacker Jerry Franklin said that his client has joined the Chiefs practice squad, bringing the total number of practice squad players to nine.
The NFL raised the size of the practice squad this season from the previous limit of eight players to ten, meaning the Chiefs still have one spot left to fill. Rumor has it that spot will belong to safety Malcom Bronson, a rookie out of McNeese State who played better than expected during the preseason.
Bronson’s release was one of the biggest surprises when the team announced their 53-man roster and it is thought that the team wants him back. However, he is reportedly weighing all his options with other NFL teams before committing to the Chiefs practice squad.
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