Releasing Sheffield is a surprise with the 2010 fifth-round pick showing some flashes of his potential during the preseason. But clearly GM Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel no longer wanted to wait on the inconsistent Sheffield.
He missed his entire rookie season after suffering a frightening neck injury in the 2010 preseason against the Philadelphia Eagles. He came all the way back from that injury to play in all 16 of the Chiefs games last season as well as Sunday’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.
Despite being active for every game he was eligible, Sheffield only managed nine tackles and no sacks. For a team desperately trying to find more players that can get to the quarterback in addition to Hali and second-year linebacker Justin Houston, clearly Suffield became expendable.