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Chiefs cut Ryan Succop, among others, to get to 53-man roster limit

The tall expensive kicker, Ryan Succop (#6) was released Saturday by the Kansas City Chiefs in favor of the shorter, cheaper, and younger kicker, rookie Cairo Santos (#5) to get to the NFL-mandated 53-man roster limit.
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The Kansas City Chiefs cut 17 players on Saturday afternoon, including veteran kicker Ryan Succop, and made a handful of other moves to get their roster down to the 53-player limit mandated by the NFL.

The 17 players released were:

  • K Ryan Succop
  • OT J'Marcus Webb
  • S Jonathon Amaya
  • S Malcolm Bronson
  • FB Jordan Campbell
  • DL Dominique Hamilton
  • WR Mark Harrison
  • G Ricky Henry
  • LB Alonzo Highsmith
  • LB Nico Johnson
  • DT Kyle Love
  • CB Justin Rogers
  • DL Kona Schwenke
  • CB DeMarcus Van Dyke
  • LB Devan Walker
  • RB Charcandrick West
  • WR Fred Williams

The team also placed quarterback Tyler Bray and wide receiver Kyle Williams on the injured reserve list and put defensive end Mike Catapano on the non-football injury list. They put wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and tackle Donald Stephenson on the reserve-suspended list. Both players have been suspended by the league for violating league rules (Bowe for the season opener, Stephenson for the first four games) so neither player will count against the roster.

Succop is certainly the biggest name on the list, but as well as rookie Cairo Santos kicked this preseason, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Chiefs would keep the inexpensive rookie over the well-paid veteran. By cutting Succop and keeping Santos, the Chiefs figure to save nearly $2 million in salary cap space this year, $2.5 million next year, and $3 million in 2016.

Bray’s injuries sustained in the preseason loss to Green Bay on Thursday night is one of those fortuitous things that happen from time to time in the NFL. The Chiefs like all four of their quarterbacks, starter Alex Smith, and back-ups Chase Daniel, rookie Aaron Murray, and Bray but were going to be hard-pressed to keep them all on the roster.

It’s conceivable that some of the names listed above will be back on the club’s practice squad early next week if the player clears waivers on Sunday. Guard Ricky Henry and CB DeMarcus Van Dyke are two prime candidates for that to happen, although the high ankle sprain Van Dyke suffered against Green Bay means the Chiefs would likely place him on injured reserve should he pass through waivers.

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