Shawn Barber Released

Today, the Chiefs announced that linebacker Shawn Barber had been released. With the Chiefs struggling to get under the league mandated salary cap, his cap savings of 1.2 million dollars proved too tempting. The talented linebacker had battled a knee injury for two seasons, and finally was able to get back on the field late last year. Working on the Chiefs special teams unit, Barber showed speed and explosiveness.

Barber came into the league as fourth round draft choice out of the University of Richmond. He played in 27 games (24 starts) for the Chiefs since joining the club as an unrestricted free agent from Philadelphia in 2003.

Barber recorded 183 tackles (132 solo), two interceptions (28 yards), 6.0 sacks (-35.0 yards), seven QB pressures, three fumble recoveries and 10 passes defensed.

The eight-year NFL veteran has appeared in 92 career games (74 starts) with the Redskins, Eagles and Chiefs, producing 583 tackles (407 solo), 10.0 sacks (-62.0 yards), seven interceptions, (189 yards) with two TDs, 20 QB pressures, five fumble recoveries, eight forced fumbles and 31 passes defensed. Barber has also started five postseason contests, registering 36 tackles (27 solo) and one forced fumble.

A fierce tackler and excellent cover man, Barber was well liked around the Chiefs locker room for his quick wit and sharp sense of humor. He's also known for the vicious hit that put then Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon out for the season in his first season with the Chiefs. When Barber signed with the Chiefs, he brought an attitude and swagger to the Chiefs that had been missing since the days of Marty Schottenheimer.

It would be great to see Barber return to the Chiefs at a reduced salary, if both parties are still willing. After his recovery from a torn ACL in 2004, Barber has been working out harder than ever, and by the time last season ended Barber looked as good as any of the Chiefs linebackers. Prior to being cut, Barber was working out in Florida, and reports were that he looked as good as he had at any point in his career. Top Stories