Chiefs Cut Two Veterans

Call it bloody Wednesday in Kansas City. Just one day after Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards indicated some of his current players didn't fit the team, the ball started rolling as Kansas City cut two veterans – safety Sammy Knight and backup offensive tackle Kyle Turley.

I can fully understanding the release of Turley, who will probably will retire as he's involved in a new and exciting business venture – stay tuned to Warpaint TV for that development.

Turley was 20 pounds underweight and a stopgap risk when Willie Roaf retired last May. The Chiefs felt he could play left tackle, but he didn't hold up as he bounced around from left to right and eventually the injured list.

Knight's release was more of a shock. The Chiefs had been trying to restructure his contract in recent weeks, but the two sides were unable to get a contract in place that would pay him an appropriate salary for a backup.

Kansas City is trying to get younger, but I felt Knight still had some game as long as he started opposite youngster Jarrad Page.

That means Kansas City will now start Page and second-year man Bernard Pollard, who showed flashes last season, but was not as quick to adapt to the speed of the game as Page.

The Chiefs have to feel Pollard is ready to start or they would not have released one of their starting safeties while shopping the other starter – Greg Wesley.

These moves also lead me to believe the Chiefs will draft at least one safety in April and probably add a veteran safety who fits the Tampa Two defensive scheme that Edwards favors.

The best available free agent safety left on the market is former Seahawk Ken Hamlin. He would fit in with KC's youth movement, but was a starter in Seattle. It's not known if he'd be willing to settle for a backup position as a Chief.

According to Doug Farrar at, Hamlin has fully recovered from a fractured skull suffered during a mishap outside a Seattle bar two years ago.

Coming out of college some compared him to former Denver Broncos safety Steve Atwater. That could be a good thing, because his playing style fits the approach of defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham.

He was scheduled to visit the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday but has no other visits planned. We would not be surprised, however, if he makes a trip to Arrowhead.

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