In addition to those cuts, the Chiefs placed two players on injured reserve. Cornerback Maurice Leggett and WR Jerheme Urban will both miss the entire 2010 season.
Cutting defensive end Dion Gales makes little to no sense.
And finally to get to the magic number, Safety Jarrad Page was traded to the New England Patriots for a conditional 2011 draft choice.
But the biggest surprise of the evening was not the release of third string quarterback Tyler Palko, it was Haley's decision to cut three of his four defensive tackles.
As it stands now, veteran Ron Edwards is riding solo as the teams only defensive tackle. But that could change as Kansas City will likely see what other defensive tackles might have been cut from the other 31 NFL teams.
If that doesn't happen, it could mean defensive end Glenn Dorsey, may move back inside.
For me the biggest head-turner was the release of defensive lineman Dion Gales. He was the only defensive end to get a sack in the preseason. In fact, he netted two of them and he'd been solid all camp long.
Will this former Cardinal become a Chief?
So what's next?
There is plenty of speculation that with only two quarterbacks on the roster, the Chiefs might make a run for former Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Matt Leinert might wind up in Kansas City.
Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley coached Leinert for two seasons in Arizona and there is a strong belief that the Chiefs could set up a visit as soon as Sunday.
Tomorrow we'll break down the roster and offer our take on the men who, for now, comprise Haley's ‘Right 53.'
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