The cheap kansas city chiefs jerseys are one of the busiest teams in the NFL right now. They just cut six players and brought in a whopping SEVEN new players today alone. Think about that -- seven new Chiefs in one day. It's like the NFL Draft in September!
We have been tracking all of the cuts throughout the day right here. The NFL's personnel sheet has come in and confirmed all of the reports that we have. This should put the Chiefs at 53 players on the roster.
S Bradley McDougald, NT Jerrell Powe, LB Zac Diles, WR Devon Wylie, CB Jalil Brown, TE Kevin Brock.
Many predictions had every one of these players on the Chiefs 53-man roster but these were also all known bubble players. Practice squad could be a possibility for McDougald. Wylie is the most notable cut here as he was once thought to have a role as a return man.
Seahawks CB Ron Parker, Seahawks TE Sean McGrath, Seahawks DT Jaye Howard, Browns LB James-Michael Johnson, 49ers CB Marcus Cooper, 49ers WR Chad Hall, Packers LB Dezman Moses.
Interesting combo of teams here. The 49ers and Seahawks have two of the best rosters in the NFL. The kansas city chiefs jerseys cheap should gladly pick up their released players. The Packers signing is the John Dorsey connection. The Chiefs played the 49ers and Packers this preseason.
One of the surprises in the cheap chiefs jerseys’ roster cut-down to 53 players was the release of second-year safety Tysyn Hartman and the decision to keep former Kansas safety Bradley McDougald.
Hartman made the club last year as an undrafted free agent from Kansas State. McDougald took that same route from Kansas this year.
The trade of a former Wildcat for a former Jayhawk had an effect on starting strong safety Eric Berry.
“It’s always difficult to see a lot of people you built bonds with … go,” Berry said. “(Hartman) and I pretty much learned the same position together, the dime position. We did a lot of studying and trying to (learn) that position. He helped me along the way all of last year. He’s real good with knowing calls and knowing situations, and was a big part of me learning last year.
“Even though he was a young player, he had a good feel for the position. I wish him the best … he’ll get picked up somewhere.”
As for McDougald, Berry said, “He’s definitely a playmaker. He’s a gamer. He has a nose for the ball. And he plays hard. That’s what you want to have on your defense.”
As Caplan mentioned there, he's been reporting that the Chiefs have been looking for veteran inside linebacker help. They don't have much cap space so it'd likely be a veteran minimum type of situation. Diles signed with the chiefs jerseys cheap this offseason after spending the 2012 season with the Tennessee Titans. He came into the league in 2007. He's 28 years old.
The Chiefs inside linebacker depth chart takes another curious turn. Inside linebacker Nico Johnson has a high ankle sprain and is not currently practicing, raising some questions about his availability for Week 1.
We know who the starters are -- Derrick Johnson and Akeem Jordan. But the shuffling of the backups continue. Edgar Jones, an outside linebacker, was traded to Dallas on Saturday night.
Josh Martin was an undrafted rookie from Columbia, an Ivy League program that plays its home games in a 17,000-seat stadium on the northern tip of Manhattan. And the Chiefs weren't necessarily in need of another body at linebacker. All training camp, Martin had mostly blended into the background, a low-risk long shot who fills space on the practice field, only to be pink-slipped when the roster judgments come down.
So on Saturday, after surviving the length of the preseason, Martin went to a local 24 Hour Fitness with fellow rookie Mike Catapano, another Ivy League product, and hoped to sweat out some nervous energy. As the afternoon faded into evening, Martin kept checking his phone. The phone never buzzed, and the cut deadline passed, but Martin held his emotions in check: What if the "cut" call was just late?
"Then I received a phone call from (Chiefs general manager) John Dorsey saying that I'd made it," Martin said. "And that was kind of a big exhale, a sigh of relief at that point."
As the Chiefs trimmed their roster down to the 53-man limit on Saturday night - and continued shaping it with more deals on Sunday - Martin's inclusion was perhaps the most surprising development.
In the short term, Martin can serve as insurance at inside linebacker for rookie Nico Johnson, who is battling a high-ankle sprain. The Chiefs also traded linebacker Edgar Jones on Saturday, creating space for a player that can also fill in on the outside.
"He earned the spot," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "He was a great player at Columbia, and he comes in and he just kind of carried that over here. He's big, he's fast, he's strong; (he) made plays. He was able to cover and he's got some pass-rush ability, which is important."
According to Reid, Martin was on the Chiefs' radar early in the draft process. Dorsey had mined the Ivy League, identifying Martin as a player that could be a fit in Kansas City. And in the moments after the draft, when Martin had solid free-agent offers from Houston and the Chiefs, Dorsey's persistence paid off.
"The Chiefs just seemed like they wanted me more," Martin said. "And my agent said: 'Go where they want you.' And so that's what I did."
If Martin's presence on the Chiefs' 53-man roster is unlikely, it seemed even more improbable five years ago. This was a kid who started just one year for Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, Colo. And when it was time to look for a college, his most prestigious offer came from Wyoming. No matter. Martin was all set to stay close to home, anyway - until Columbia stepped in and showed some interest.
"I was a good student in high school," Martin said. "I knew I'd have the grades, and I knew I'd be good enough to play football at Columbia. I just heard there was an Ivy League school in New York City. It sounded like fun, so sign me up."
Now in Kansas City, Martin joins Catapano, a Princeton-bred linebacker, as a rare Ivy League duo on an NFL roster.
"It shows that the Ivy League is an up-and-coming league," Catapano said. "Like I say all time, it's just smart guys that love to play football. And I think that having a good education and a good intellectual mind behind a hard-working, athletic body only adds to your performance."
Martin, of course, is still living on the edge as a rookie on the fringe of the 53-man roster. He had his moments in the preseason - recording two tackles for loss against New Orleans and a sack against Green Bay - but the NFL can be a cruel beast. Martin could simply be a placeholder for a healthy Nico Johnson, but if nothing else, he now has more time to prove his value to the Chiefs brass.
"Josh Martin is a big, athletic guy," Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "He's a guy who gives us depth at outside linebacker ... he's a smart, young athletic guy who can maybe help us down the road. He makes our linebacker room look smart."
On Sunday morning, in the moments after a light practice, Martin was still smiling when asked about his Saturday. He had spent the day in silence, the nerves building as the day went on. But when the call from Dorsey finally came, breaking the silence, Martin had to admit: It was a pretty good feeling.
"I knew I was a long shot," Martin said. "but I had the support of my coaches and family. They all said I could do it, so I knew in the back of my mind, that if I worked hard enough, I'd be good enough to make a team."
The Chiefs, taking full advantage of their opportunity to be first to claim players off waivers by virtue of their 2-14 record of a year ago, were busy on Sunday.
Less than 24 hours after the NFL-mandated, regular-season roster reduction, the Chiefs claimed seven players and waived six players, bringing them to the limit of 53 players on the active roster.
The Chiefs waived tight end Kevin Brock, cornerback Jalil Brown, linebacker Zac Diles, wide receiver Devon Wylie, former Kansas safety Bradley McDougald and defensive tackle Jerrell Powe. All were at practice on Sunday morning but got the word later in the day.
The Chiefs claimed the following players: wide receiver Chad Hall (San Francisco), tight end Sean McGrath (Seattle), defensive lineman Jaye Howard (Seattle), inside linebacker James Michael Johnson (Cleveland), outside linebacker Dezman Moses (Green Bay) and cornerbacks Ron Parker (Seattle) and Marcus Cooper (San Francisco).
The addition of the seven players means the Chiefs now have 30 new players on the team general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid inherited.
Here’s a thumbnail look at the seven new Chiefs, all of whom will fill backup roles at the bottom of the depth chart :
Cooper, 6-2, 192, was the third of San Francisco’s seventh-round picks and 252nd overall (two ahead of Mr. Irrelevant) out of Rutgers. A converted wide receiver, he started 13 games as a senior and had one interception, two fumble recoveries and blocked a kick.
Hall, 5-8, 187, is similar in stature to Wiley. Hall, 27, played for Reid in 2010-11 in Philadelphia and appeared in 15 games, making 14 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Hall, who played at Air Force, was released by the Eagles in the final roster cutdown last year and spent parts of November and December on the 49ers’ practice squad. Hall appeared in the 49ers preseason visit to Kansas City last month and caught two passes for 39 yards.
Howard, 6-3, 301, was a fourth-round pick by Seattle out of Florida in 2012. He appeared in two regular-season games last year and was inactive for the playoffs.
Johnson, 6-1, 240, was a fourth-round pick by Cleveland out of Nevada in 2012. He appeared in 10 games last season, starting eight. He was credited with 36 tackles but no sacks or interceptions. He would be the third Chiefs linebacker whose last name is Johnson, joining Derrick and Nico.
McGrath, 6-5, 247, spent most of the 2012 season on the Seattle practice squad after he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Henderson State. McGrath appeared in two games but had no receptions.
Moses, 6-2, 249, made the Packers as an undrafted rookie from Tulane and appeared in all 16 games, starting six after injuries struck Nick Perry and Clay Matthews. His four sacks ranked third on the team, and he recovered a punt for a touchdown against Jacksonville and recovered a muffed punt in a playoff game against Minnesota.
Parker, 6-0, 206, has bounced between the Seattle and Oakland practice squads since 2011. He appeared in three games with the Raiders and two with Seattle in 2011 and two with Seattle and three with Carolina in 2012, mostly on special teams. Parker entered the league as an undrafted free agent from Newberry (S.C.) College, where he led the South Atlantic Conference in interceptions (five) and fumble recoveries (three) in 2010.