Gary Stills Let Go By The Chiefs

After seven seasons, the Kansas City Chiefs released veteran linebacker and special teams ace Gary Stills today. With the salary cap pressures on the Chiefs roster, Stills no longer had a place in Kansas City.

A West Virginia University alum, Stills was selected by the Chiefs in the third round of the 1999 draft. They envisioned Stills as an heir apparent to former Chiefs great, the late Derrick Thomas.

Stills had the same build, and the showed similar ability to get after the passer in college. Unfortunately, Stills was never able to show Thomas' ability, and he found himself cast in the difficult role as a ‘tweener. He wasn't the explosive linebacker the Chiefs were after, but he was too small to play rush end consistently.

There was a phase of the game at which Stills excelled, special teams. Stills will go down as the greatest special teams player in Kansas City Chiefs history. This past season Stills passed former Chiefs linebacker Greg Manusky as the most prolific special teams tackler in Chiefs history. Stills led the charge in 2003 as kick returner Dante' Hall made his historic run of kickoff returns for touchdowns. Stills' play that season led to an invitation to the Pro Bowl.

Last season, Stills ranked second on the team with 25 special teams tackles to go with a fumble recovery on special teams in 2005. He played in 88 career games (one start), totaling 80 tackles (41 solo), 7.5 sacks (-62.5 yards), four fumble recoveries, 19 QB pressures and three passes defensed. He produced a club-record 148 career special teams tackles, in addition to four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. The Trenton, New Jersey native played in one playoff game in 2003, recording two tackles and two special teams tackles.

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