Chiefs End Eric Warfield's Tenure

Looks like the Eric Warfield experiment is over for the Kansas City Chiefs. After eight seasons the Chiefs have let the talented, yet tormented cornerback go.

The Chiefs drafted Warfield in the seventh round of the 1998 draft. A big safety at Nebraska, the Chiefs felt Warfield had the natural ability to switch to cornerback. Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham decided to move him to the edge, to take advantage of Warfield's coverage ability.

Warfield played in 11 games with 10 starts at right cornerback for the Chiefs in 2005, producing 63 tackles (54 solo), including two behind the line, an interception for a 57-yard TD, seven passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.

The Vicksburg, Mississippi native saw duty in 115 games (77 starts) during his eight-year stay with Kansas City, tallying 393 tackles (317 solo), 63 passes defensed, a sack (-13.0 yards), 20 interceptions (236 yards) with three TDs, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one QB pressure and 31 special teams tackles. He also started one playoff game, recording five tackles and two passes defensed.

Warfield had a rocky tenure at Kansas City on the field and off the field. On the field, Warfield had trouble at first with the transition from corner to safety. Although physically able to play the position, Warfield suffered concentration lapses that often set up big plays. The Chiefs were patient, and after several seasons, the light went on and Warfield became a respected cornerback around the league.

Off the field, Warfield registered a couple of DUI's, and eventually ran afoul of the NFL's substance abuse progam. Last season, Warfield was suspended for four games. Since then, Warfield has had no incidents, and according to sources, Warfield's release had nothing to do with those issues.

The Chiefs felt that Warfield's cap number did match with his performance on the field. He's still a talent, but the Chiefs felt his 4.2 million dollar cap number was too high considering his lapses on the field.

Still, if Warfield doesn't find his way back on the Chiefs roster, he will definitely find work elsewhere.

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