Chiefs Make Roster Moves

The Kansas City Chiefs announced that an old friend has returned to the roster while one of their young lions will get a chance to make an impact on the offense after making the jump from the practice squad.

The Chiefs announced that they have re-signed punter Jason Baker and released Steve Cheeks. Baker was cut in the final roster shakedown in September but with the injury to Cheeks Kansas City had little choice but to bring back their former erratic punter. Now this could be a temporary move if Cheeks can recover from his leg injury.

The team also announced that they have terminated the contract of third string quarterback Damon Huard. The former Patriot back-up was injured for most of the pre-season and the Chiefs had little choice because they needed to bring up wide receiver Chris Horn from the practice squad.

Horn will be the Chiefs fourth wide receiver on Sunday behind Johnnie Morton, Dante Hall and rookie Richard Smith. Huard was signed initially to battle Todd Collins but that never materialized. The Chiefs could bring back quarterback Casey Clausen to the practice squad as insurance.

In other Chiefs news, there is word out of Pittsburgh that the Steelers are trying to unload wide receiver Plaxico Burress. The soon to be free agent receiver has not meshed well with his teammates and his head coach Bill Cowher. It should be interesting to see if the Chiefs receivers continue to struggle.

Eddie Kennison and Samie Parker are likely one or two weeks from getting back on the roster and that could lead to more speculation that the Chiefs might try and trade for a veteran receiver.

Keenan McCardell is an option but if he's traded then the team that snags him will have to pay the pro-rated amount of his signing bonus which is over $2 million per season plus his annual salary which is over $2.5 million in 2004 and $3.5 million in 2005. That has scared off teams despite the fact that McCardell has agreed to re-work his current contract to play for a contender like the Chiefs.

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