Chiefs Sign Mike Richardson, Release Justin Cole

With injuries continuing to challenge their depth in the secondary, the Kansas City Chiefs have signed CB Mike Richardson and released LB Jusin Cole.

Richardson (5-11, 190) has seen action in 21 games (one start) with New England (2007-08) and Kansas City (2009).  He attended training camp with the Chiefs in 2010, but was released prior to the start of the regular season.  He has recorded 10 tackles (nine solo) and 20 special teams tackles.  He originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick (202nd overall) of New England in 2007.

Cole entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Chiefs in 2010.  He was inactive for the season’s first 11 games.

Richardson was squarely on the bubble throughout training camp and was likely player 55 or 56 when the team made their final cuts.  With the constant stream of injuries in the defensive backfield, it’s surprising it has taken this long for a veteran corner with connections to Pioli found a spot on the roster.

In Cole the Chiefs had a more experienced rookie.  He spent five seasons at San Jose State and even though he was inactive all season, it says something that he stayed on the roster this long without contributing in a game.  He could easily end up back with the Chiefs on the practice squad.

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