Chiefs sign Feely, Merritt

The Kansas City Chefs inked two more players Monday - veteran kicker Jay Feely and rookie tight end Michael Merritt.

The signing of Feely provides a possible answer to KC's kicking battle, as he's an eight-year veteran with an impressive resume.

In 112 contests, Feely has connected on 80 percent of his field goal attempts and nailed 99 percent of his extra points. He led the Miami Dolphins in scoring last season over 16 games, hitting 21 of 23 field goals and all 26 of his extra points

Feely was released by the Dolphins August 12. His arrival in Kansas City likely means the departure of Nick Novak and Connor Barth, who had been in the mix for the kicking job since OTAs.

If the two are released this week, it will make room for one more skill position player to stay on KC's roster an extra week. NFL teams must cut their rosters down to 75 players this week.

In other Chiefs news, Michael Merritt's elongated "holdout" comes to an end. Merritt, a seventh-round pick, has been injured and inactive the entire offseason. He attended the Chiefs home preseason contest against Arizona in street clothes, and will likely end up on injured reserve or the practice squad.

At 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, Merritt was brought in to be a blocking tight end, and possibly fill the void left by long time Chief Jason Dunn. At the University of Central Florida, Merritt helped pave the road for the nation's leading rusher in 2007, Kevin Smith.

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