The Kansas City Chiefs released mammoth offensive tackle Jared Gaither on Tuesday and have replaced him with a player nearly as big: David Mims. The 6-foot-8 Mims was promoted from the practice squad to give the Chiefs another option at tackle behind starters Branden Albert and Barry Richardson.
Mims, a rookie out of Virginia Union, was signed as an undrafted free agent but released as part of the Chiefs final cuts before the regular season. Kansas City quickly put the 335-pound tackle on the practice squad, where he has been all season.
Much like fellow-backup tackle Steve Maneri, Mims is in the middle of a tough transition from playing against inferior talent to the NFL and isn’t likely to see much time on offense unless there is an injury to Albert or Richardson.
But for a team desperately in need of help at right tackle, Mims will continue to have a chance between now and April’s draft to show the Chiefs something.