The Kansas City Chiefs got a head start on Tuesday’s mandatory roster cut-down on Sunday evening by releasing 14 players and throwing a bit of a slap in the face to the previous regime in the process.
Among the cuts were WR Terrance Copper, the so-called “ace” of the special teams for the past few years, and QB Ricky Stanzi, the only quarterback former general manager Scott Pioli ever drafted during his time as KC’s head man. The fact that both were among the first cuts made is not exactly a ringing endorsement of Pioli’s decisions. The fact that the Chiefs traded former first-round pick Jon Baldwin last week shows how bad the depth was at receiver behind Dwayne Bowe under Pioli. Both Baldwin and Copper often lined up as the #2 wide receiver over the past three years. Now, both are gone by the first roster cut under the new regime.
Also cut – to absolutely NOBODY’S surprise – was cornerback Vince “Toast” Agnew who might have had the worst preseason of any Chiefs player in the last decade. Seemingly every time Agnew took the field, the opposing quarterback would zero in on him and complete pass after pass in his direction. At one point, Chiefs fans undoubtedly felt sorry for the poor guy.
The NFL mandates that all teams reduce their rosters to 75 by 3 p.m. CT Tuesday afternoon. After Sunday’s moves, the Chiefs will have to release one more player before the deadline.
“This is always a difficult time of year,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said on the team’s web site when announcing the cuts. “We have to make decisions that we feel are in the best interest of our football team and unfortunately this is part of the process. These gentlemen have put in a lot of hard work and effort for our franchise, and we wish them nothing but the best moving forward.”
The remaining players will have one more chance to impress Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid on Thursday when the Chiefs host the Green Bay Packers at 7 p.m. CT. The league’s final roster cutdown to 53 players must take place before 5 p.m. CT on Aug. 31. The following players have been released by the club:
- Vince Agnew - DB - (CMU)
- Miguel Chavis - DE - (Clemson)
- Terrance Copper - WR - (East Carolina)
- Ryan Durand - OL - (Syracuse)
- Hutch Eckerson - OL - (South Carolina)
- Otha Foster III - DB - (West Alabama)
- A.J. Hawkins - OL - (Mississippi)
- Rob Lohr - DE - (Vanderbilt)
- Kamaal McIlwain - CB - (Newberry College)
- Jordan Roberts - RB - (Charleston)
- Tyler Shoemaker - WR - (Boise State)
- Ricky Stanzi - QB - (Iowa)
- Neiko Thorpe - DB - (Auburn)
- Braden Wilson - FB - (Kansas State)
Like this article? If you want your Chiefs news delivered with an Examiner twist, simply hit the SUBSCRIBE button on this page. It’s FREE and you can cancel at any time. You can admit now that Alex Smith’s final two drives of the first half and the play of back-up Chase Daniel in the second half – and especially in overtime – has you feeling better about the Chiefs offense for 2013. The fact that we won’t have to watch Terrance Copper or Jon Baldwin play as our #2 wide receiver this season is definitely cause for celebration.
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