No Surprises in First KC Cuts

We knew some of the cuts ahead for the Kansas City Chiefs would be difficult. But none of the first waive of players getting their pink slips should be of any surprise.

On Friday afternoon, the Chiefs cut seven players and added one. The addition was unhappy Safety Jarrad Page. He signed his one-year tender so he could force the Chiefs hand to trade or cut him.

For more on the Page saga, check out my morning commentary Page Sticking it to the Chiefs.

With that nasty business behind them, the Chiefs released TE Leroy Banks, WR Rich Gunnell, G/C Lemuel Jeanpierre, T/G Ikechuku Ndukwe, CB Mike Richardson, LB John Russell and G Dan Santucci.

The only mild surprise is Cornerback Mike Richardson. To me that tells me that Maurice Leggett is going to be ready for the season opener and Donald Washington appears safe for another season in Kansas City.

Leggett was on the stationary bike in practice this week after his concussion a few weeks ago. But could return to practice Monday.

Washington, the Chiefs 2009 fourth round pick, hasn't shown much in two camps now but it appears the Chiefs might not be willing to give up on him just yet.

With the team deciding to cut Ndukwe that also indicates the team believes that Guard Darryl Harris will be ready come opening day.

Gunnell showed enough in camp that he could wind up on the Chiefs practice squad Sunday.
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He was brilliant filling in for Brian Waters the first ten days of camp. That was until defensive end Glenn Dorsey fell on his leg. Harris is a solid back-up and give him another year of seasoning and he could start in 2011.

In our view, the only player cut Friday that has a chance to make the practice squad is receiver Rich Gunnell. The Boston College player has some skills but I think he's going to have a few other teams showing him some love. One of them could be his hometown New England Patriots

For more on the Chiefs cuts, stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated.com throughout the weekend.

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