It's no holiday for Holliday

The Kansas City Chiefs released former Packers defensive end Vonnie Holliday after an injury-plagued season.

In two seasons with Kansas City, Holliday tallied only 5.5 quarterback sacks. Holliday, who missed seven games last season due to groin and abdomen injuries, failed to record a sack last season.

That's a far cry from his Green Bay days. While never a premier pass rusher, Holliday at least was a presence. In his final season in Green Bay, 2002, Holliday recorded six sacks. Amazingly, five of those came in one game, against Buffalo. In his five years in Green Bay, the 1998 first-round pick dropped the quarterback 32 times.

Green Bay decided against re-signing Holliday because of big investments in fellow defensive ends Joe Johnson and Jamal Reynolds, plus the impending free-agency a year later of pass-rushing defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. Keeping Holliday would have tied up too much money at end. Meanwhile, defensive tackle Cletidus Hunt also was a free agent.

"Vonnie and his agent knew that in his initial contract with the Chiefs that the large roster bonus coming due this week would probably preclude his continuation with the Kansas City Chiefs," Chiefs president Carl Peterson said in a news release. "We appreciate Vonnie's efforts both on and off the field while in Kansas City and wish him success in the future."


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