One In and One Out for Chiefs

On Wednesday afternoon, injured wide receiver Marc Boerigter had his first of two scheduled surgeries to repair his injured knee. With Boerigter placed on injured reserver for the year, the Chiefs wasted little time filling his roster spot when they made a trade with the Houston Texans for punter Steve Cheek.

It was the news the Chiefs had expected in regards to wide receiver Marc Boerigter. They knew his knee was seriously injured after getting results from his MRI on Sunday. But Boerigter wanted a second opinion. When he heard the same news from the second doctor, he opted for immediate surgery to repair a torn Meniscus. That surgery will be followed by a second surgery to repair the more serious damage that could cause him to be off the practice field for the next nine months.

The Chiefs put Boerigter on the Injured Reserve thus his 2004 season has come to an abrupt end. That was not the only roster move the Chiefs made after they trimmed their roster down to their minimum of 76.

Kansas City made a trade with the Houston Texans for Punter Steve Cheek. According to Chiefs Head Coach Dick Vermeil, the team has been following him the past several weeks. Chiefs President and General Manager Carl Peterson scouted him when he was punting in NFL Europe.

The Chiefs presumably gave up a late round draft pick for Cheek. The knock on Cheek has been his inconsistency in practice. But that didn't faze the Chiefs head coach who considers that a departure from the tortuous efforts of incumbent Punter Jason Baker.

Vermeil called out Baker after Saturday Night's loss to the Cleveland Browns and it's become apparent that his days as a Chief are limited to a few more sunsets. That means that the battle for the place kicking job appears to be heading toward a conclusion.

Since its doubtful the Chiefs would have traded a draft pick for Cheek, Lawrence Tynes will likely get the nod over veteran Morten Andersen. Cheek can't kick-off and neither can Andersen whose leg strength has declined over the last year.

Tynes is scheduled to handle all the kick-off and field goal duties tonight when the Chiefs play the Cowboys in Dallas for their final tune-up for the regular season. Vermeil indicated that this round of cuts will be the hardest that he's had to make since coming to Kansas City three years ago.

On the good news front, wide receiver Johnnie Morton could be ready for the season opener against the Denver Broncos one week from tonight. He appears to be running without pain and that's good news for the Chiefs.

In other news, trade rumors continue to swirl about the possibility the Minnesota Vikings might send a late round draft pick to the Chiefs for veteran Kicker Morten Andersen. The North Division Vikings are looking for a veteran kicker and it's believed that as many as three other teams could be interested in signing the 44-yeard old veteran if the Chiefs release him as expected.

Another rumor that still has internet chatting is the proposed interest by Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold out wider receiver Keenan McCardell. Apparently he might consider dropping his contract demands if the team trades him to a contender. A member of the media in Kansas City indicated today that he talked with McCardell in July and he defiantly was all ears when talking about the Chiefs.

Warpaint Illustrated talked with one member of the Chiefs and they told us that no offer has been made but it's obvious he's not going to report to the Bucs and it would appear that Kansas City would be a great fit. Still it takes two interested parties and the Chiefs might consider trading away a late round draft pick for McCardell but the Bucs are hoping for a 2nd or 3rd round pick. The Chiefs are already losing two draft picks next year. They have to give the Philadelphia Eagles their 3rd round choice in 2005 and if the Chiefs keep Cheek on the roster they'll give up their 6th or 7th round pick in 2005.

One player who could be joining Boerigter on IR could be Linebacker Mike Maslowski. It appears that designation could happen sometime before the final cuts are made on Sunday.


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