The worst week for professional football players is upon us. Over the next seven days, more than 1,000 NFL players will be notified of their release. For some, the news will only be a bump in the road. For others, it will signal the end of their football careers.
The Chiefs’ roster must be down to 80 players by 3:00 PM (CST) August 30th. That 80-man roster must then be trimmed to 53 players on September 3rd.
Currently, the Chiefs roster sits at 89 players.
In past years, with 80 bodies in camp, the first-round of cuts only required rosters to be truncated by five players. This year, the Chiefs will have to clear nearly double that number in camps first wave of transactions.
Which roster moves did the Chiefs make in camp’s first wave each of the past two seasons, and what happened to those players afterwards? Here’s a breakdown of those moves from Todd Haley’s first two seasons as head coach.
OL Tyler Eastman – Released
The rookie free agent out of Maine played numerous positions on the Chiefs offensive line during training camp. Eastman hasn’t been with any NFL teams since his release.
RB Kestahn Moore – Released
Moore showed flashes of promise during OTAs, but wasn’t able to move up the depth chart in a crowded backfield. After his release, Moore joined Washington’s practice squad for a portion of 2010 and is currently in training camp with Tennessee.
Originally joining the Chiefs as a rookie free agent out of Marshall, Slate was a late addition to Kansas City’s 2010 rookie class. A knee injury cut short his senior season, affecting his draft stock and keeping teams away for much of the spring months. Slate, once proved healthy, finally inked a contract with the Chiefs June 4, 2010.
After his release, Slate was brought back to the Chiefs practice squad late last season and signed a reserve/future contract in January. He’s currently in camp with the Chiefs.
QB Bill Stull – Released
Stull’s tenure with the Chiefs lasted just 12 days. With backup QB Brodie Croyle experiencing tendentious in his throwing arm, Kansas City needed a camp arm and Stull offered familiarity as a tryout player from rookie mini-camp.
Stull hasn’t caught on with another NFL team since his release.
WR Lance Long – Released
Arriving on the Chiefs practice squad following his release from Arizona in 2009, Long found his way onto Kansas City’s 53-man roster midway through Haley’s first season as head coach. Long would go on to catch 20 passes for 178 yards in seven games with the Chiefs and made one start.
Unable to make the Chiefs roster in 2010, Long spent time on practice squads in Jacksonville and San Francisco last season. He’s currently in camp with the 49ers.
RB Kolby Smith (pictured) – Placed on Reserve/PUP
Placing Smith on Reserve/PUP didn’t end his tenure with the team, it simply kept him out for a minimum of six weeks. Smith was coming off a knee injury in 2008 and wasn’t ready to return to the playing field quite yet. The Chiefs went on to activate Smith from the PUP list in early November, but Smith suffered a season-ending ankle injury just four games after his return.
Smith was released last summer and claimed off waivers by the Broncos. He was in camp with both Denver and Jacksonville last season, but failed to make either club’s 53-man roster.
WR Devard Darling – Placed on Injured Reserve
After working with the first-team offense throughout much of camp, Darling suffered a torn ACL in the Chiefs third preseason game. That injury ended his 2009 season.
Kansas City released Darling in March of 2010 and the wide receiver remained out of football until signing with the Texans two weeks ago. He’s currently in camp with Houston.
DE Alfonso Boone – Released
A 15-game starter for the Chiefs in 2007 and a rotation regular in 2008, Boone was one of the most notable early cuts of the Todd Haley era 2009. Boone entered training camp in the mix for a roster slot, but
Boone was cut by San Diego last October and is currently a free agent.
T Cameron Goldberg – Released
A three-year starter at left tackle for Duke, Golberg was trying to make the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent. He hasn’t hooked on with any other teams after his release.
WR Amani Toomer – Released
Desperate to find depth at wide receiver, the Chiefs brought in a pair of NFL veterans to compete for roster spots – Toomer and Ashley Lelie. Neither would make the team out of training camp and Kansas City was the last NFL stop for each.