Ahead of their first practice on Friday in St. Joseph, the Kansas City Chiefs have made a swap of tight ends on their roster.
According to Adam Caplan the Chiefs have waived Brad Cottam after a failed physical, though the team has yet to confirm the move. He will be replaced on the roster by UDFA Leroy Banks.
Banks (6-3, 243, Southern Mississippi) was signed as an undrafted free agent with the Falcons before being awarded to Kansas City via a waiver claim in May. He was then waived by the Chiefs in June. He played 23 games in two seasons at Southern Mississippi, catching 34 passes for 462 yards with four TDs.
It really is a shame that Cottam won’t be sticking around in Kansas City. I was hoping that he would hang on via the Physically Unable to Perform list and recover during the first half of the season, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here. He’ll go home with a paycheck, but it’s a sad end to Cottam’s disappointing Chiefs career.
Banks is a guy that impressed during his short time with the Chiefs during OTAs and looked like he would be in the running to be a part of the final 53, but was then waived last month so Kansas City could get their roster down to the required 80 players. Clearly Todd Haley and Scott Pioli have thought twice about that decision and Banks will try to recreate the impressive showing he had during OTAs except this time in pads.