Chiefs Release Goff; Re-Sign Gutierrez, Smith

The Kansas City Chiefs parted ways with guard Mike Goff after one season with the team and re-signed QB Matt Gutierrez and RB Kolby Smith.

Goff started the first seven games of 2009 before injuring his shoulder vs. San Diego (10/25) and heading to injured reserve on November 11th.  Wade Smith started the majority of games at right guard following Goff’s injury, with Andy Alleman chipping in with a two starts as well.

One of Goff’s biggest assets prior to arriving in Kansas City was his durability.  He had started 113 consecutive games prior suffering the season-ending shoulder injury.  That streak dated all the way back to 2002 when he was a member of the Bengals.

The announcing of Kansas City’s other signings today – RB Kolby Smith and QB Matt Gutierrez – are a sign of adding depth at each position.

After back-to-back seasons of season-ending injuries, it appears that the Chiefs will give Smith another offseason to prove his health and work on becoming one of the candidates to supplement Jamaal Charles.

Smith played in four games in 2009 before suffering a season-ending knee injury.  His return to the field on November 8th at Jacksonville was his first NFL action in over a year since tearing ligaments in his right knee vs. Tampa Bay (11/2/08).

Gutierrez’s return now gives the Chiefs two quarterbacks under contract.  Brodie Croyle, the primary backup to starter Matt Cassel in 2009, remains a restricted free agent.

Sorry to see things didn’t work out for Goff.  Coming in before last season he looked like the perfect player to help show the younger guys how to be a professional.  Then halfway through the season he ended up on IR and the offensive line shuffling kept going most of the year.

Gutierrez re-signing all but guarantees that the Chiefs will return the same trio of quarterbacks they ended the season with.  Cassel is obviously back as the starter and there’s virtually no way any team will be willing to give anything up for RFA Brodie Croyle.

While not wholly surprising, the one that puzzles me more than a little bit is Kolby Smith — and not because he blocked me on Twitter.  Haley was clearly impressed with how hard Smith fought to get back on the field and was ready to give him every opportunity to prove himself until he was injured again.  I’m all about depth, but Haley needs to find guys he can count on to be healthy behind Charles.

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