Early Roster Cuts Offer Few Surprises

With a roster cut looming for Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs started the process a little early as they trimmed one veteran and five unrestricted free agents Monday. Among the notables were linebacker Quentin Caver and cornerback Justin Perkins.

On Monday afternoon the Kansas City Chiefs cut veteran linebacker Quentin Caver, Kansas State center Mike Johnson, tight end Mike Kallfelz, defensive lineman Darius Jones, running back Samkon (Sam) Gado and cornerback Justin Perkins.

Caver filled in as a starter a year ago when Shawn Barber went down midway though the year. He was also a special teams' standout but with the emergence of rookie free agent Kris Griffin, the Chiefs felt they could afford to release Caver.

Gado was a favorite of some of the offensive coaches but he clearly hurt his chances after he sustained an injury at training camp. Gado is a candidate for the practice squad. Of the other free agent rookies released is cornerback Justin Perkins.

The former Uconn cornerback made an impression early in OTA's but struggled in training camp in River Falls. Like Gado, Perkins might find his way to the Chiefs practice squad.

Kallfelz was brought in when the Chiefs were thin at the tight end position in training camp. With Jason Dunn, Kris Wilson and Tony Gonzalez healthy Kallfez spot on the roster was no longer needed.

On Tuesday the Chiefs are expected to release nine more players to get down to the league mandated limit of 65.

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