Dexter McCleon Gone

Say goodbye to Dexter McCleon. The Kansas City Chiefs announced that they had released the veteran cornerback today.

McCleon saw duty in 11 games (five starts) for Kansas City in 2005, producing 24 tackles (21 solo), two INTs and four passes defensed. After originally joining the Chiefs as a free agent in 2003, he played in 40 games (27 starts), registering 132 tackles (107 solo), 23 passes defensed, 10 interceptions (20 yards) and three fumble recoveries.

The Meridian, Mississippi native has played in 131 games (84 starts) during his nine-year NFL career with the Rams and Chiefs, posting 391 tackles (315 solo), 4.5 sacks (44.5 yards), 90 passes defensed, 30 interceptions (160 yards), six fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one QB pressure. He has also started eight playoff contests, recording 37 tackles (30 solo), two interceptions and eight passes defensed.

His release isn't a surprise. Once former Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil retired, the writing was on the wall for the veteran cornerback. McCleon was a favorite of Vermeil, and although McCleon gave the Chiefs a couple of good seasons, his tenure with the ended when Vermeil left.

McCleon was a member of the St. Louis Rams' Super Bowl team in 1999. He was cut after the 2002 season after being converted to safety.

The Chiefs put McCleon back at cornerback were he excelled during the 2003 season, but tailed off after a lingering shoulder injury in 2004 made it difficult to keep up with opposing receivers. In the 2005 season, McCleon stepped in for starting cornerback Eric Warfield, while Warfield was suspended for four games.

He filled in well, but by the middle of the season, McCleon was on the bench. His cap number of almost 2.8 million dollars is too much for a player that would only see the field as a dime back at best. Now that McCleon has been released, he will likely retire.

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