The Kansas City Chiefs have released TE T.C. Drake and WR Chandler Williams.
Drake caught 20 passes for 281 yards with one TD in 49 career games (19 starts) at the University of Kentucky. Williams spent two weeks on the Chiefs practice squad in 2009. He originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round selection (233rd overall) of Minnesota in the 2007 NFL Draft after playing collegiately at Florida International.
The Chiefs technically still had two open spots on their roster, so there was no need to clear space, but they still have to sign their seven draft choices between now and training camp. After releasing Drake and Williams the roster sits at 76 players meaning at least three more players will be on their way out.
With Tony Moeaki showing early on that he has some ability, Jake O’Connell still around from last year’s draft and veteran Leonard Pope on the roster, tight end was a position that made sense to trim. Drake did seem to fit the profile of a Pioli-Haley type player with his work in the classroom and community, but in the end the only thing that really matters is if a guy will contribute on the field.
As for Williams, he never got a look last year on the 53-man roster even with the constant rotating of players at wide receiver.