Veteran linebacker Mike Maslowski was placed on Injured Reserve for the team due to a nagging knee. Maslowski was been with the Chiefs for five seasons playing 65 games with 311 tackles with four sacks along with three interceptions.
"This was a very difficult decision but one in which Mike was in agreement," Chiefs President Carl Peterson said on KC Chiefs.com. "We are very disappointed he was not able to get his knee back to a condition where he could participate in training camp and be our starting middle linebacker. We're hopeful that this season he'll be able to do what is necessary to get his knee ready so he can play in 2005. Mike will still play an active role with our squad this season and be attending meetings and as much practice as possible."
Fifteen Chiefs were cut yesterday including veteran place-kicker Morten Andersen who lost his job to rookie Lawrence Tynes. The former Canadian League star has too much upside for the Chiefs to ignore. Andersen simply didn't have the leg strength and Tynes can serve a duel role on field goals and handle the kick-off duties. But the bottom lime is that Tyne is younger and has a better leg.
Punter Jason Baker played in all 16 games last season with Kansas City. Baker's career average has only been 39.7- yards and a net of 33.5. But Steve Cheek proved to be more than worthy to take over for Baker who fell into Dick Vermeil's dog house.
The Chiefs did receive some good news in regards to injured Tight End Kris Wilson. Apparently the surgery to repair his broken fibula went well and Kansas City expects the rookie to play this season.
"Pessimistically, 10 or 12 weeks," Head Coach Dick Vermeil said about Wilson. "Right now we think he is a quality enough player, that if we're as good as we think we are that he could make us a better team the last five or six games of the season. Then if we're in the playoffs he could make a contribution to winning the playoff game."
Along with Andersen two other Chiefs had their contract terminated cornerback Cliff Crosby and safety Lyle West. Crosby, who has become a journeymen corner has played 45 games with three teams. West had been with Kansas City since the 2002 season and had one start in 51 contest.
The Chiefs also waived four first year or rookie players, including Big XII alum Thomas Barnett from Kansas State, tight end Aaron Golliday out of Nebraska and guard Ryan Lilja from K-State. Also Division II product Scott Connot of South Dakota State was cut but he could be one of the eight practice squad players the Chiefs sign on Monday.
Besides Wilson, the Chiefs kept all but one of their draft picks including fourth rounder Samie Parker, seventh rounder Kevin Sampson and undrafted rookie Richard Smith. Only sixth rounder Jeris McIntyre failed to catch on with Kansas City.
The Chiefs will start the season with just 52 players on their roster keeping the one spot open for Wilson when he returns in eight weeks. Vermeil was hoping that Wilson would be another threat for quarterback Trent Green.
"Overall, I'd like to believe we're a better team," said coach Vermeil. "We've got to quit talking about it and start proving it."
Vermeil and Peterson did keep veteran wide out Johnnie Morton around even though we he had been hurt all of the preseason with an Achilles injury. Morton told Vermeil he would be ready to go for the Broncos game.
"You've got to trust him," Vermeil said to the press gathered Sunday afternoon. "When a veteran looks you right in the eye and says, `I'll be ready to play.'"
If the Chiefs need help anytime during the season at wide receiver, veteran Antonio Freeman was released by the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon and veteran holdout Keenan McCardell remains available in Tampa Bay.