As teams around the NFL work to cut rosters down to 75 players by the 3 p.m. deadline on Tuesday, Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid will be keeping a very close eye on who is cut loose.
They’ll be looking at everyone that’s released, but no doubt Reid will be spending a little extra time on any of his former players released by the Philadelphia Eagles.
In working to get down to the maximum, the Eagles cut 12 players this weekend, bringing their roster to 76 players:
TE Derek Carrier, LB Jamar Chaney, DE Eddie McClam, WR Nick Miller, S Kenny Phillips, T Nic Purcell, DE Isaac Remington, TE Will Shaw, DT Daryell Walker, CB Eddie Whitley, LS James Winchester and P Brad Wing.
Chaney was a seventh round pick of Reid in 2010 out of Mississippi State and worked his way into the starting lineup. During his three seasons playing for Reid, Chaney appeared in 44 games (23 starts) and had 158 tackles, three interceptions and a sack. His best season with the Eagles was in 2011 when he started all 16 games and posted 92 tackles.
Look for Chaney to get a long look from Reid as the Chiefs try to settle on their final linebackers.
Carrier was an undrafted free agent out of little Beloit College with the Oakland Raiders before the Eagles added him to their practice squad. The Chiefs seem set at tight end, but Reid thought highly enough of Carrier to go out and get him last season, he may do it again.
Phillips never played for Reid, but the two are still very familiar with each other thanks to Phillips spending the first five years of his career in the NFC East with the New York Giants.
Even if the Chiefs don’t sign any of the Eagles players released in this round of cuts immediately, keep their name in the back of your mind as Reid and Dorsey attempt to finalize the final 53-man roster on August 31 and into the first week of the season.