When cuts started to come in from around the NFL, the highlight for Kansas City Chiefs fans was former defensive lineman Shaun Smith with the Tennessee Titans. Beyond Smith, there were a handful of other former Chiefs among the hundreds of players released the last few days as part of the league-wide cut down to the roster maximum of 75.
By my count, there were five players that used to call Kansas City home that are now looking for a new team to catch on with. There will certainly be more by the end of the week as teams settle on their final 53-man rosters, but are there any others we missed?
Garrett Brown, DL – San Diego Chargers
Brown was signed as an undrafted free agent back in 2010 out of Minnesota and spent some time on the Chiefs practice squad. Kansas City was able to grab Brown despite the Chargers trying to bring him into their camp. The Chiefs released him from the practice squad early in 2010.
Earlier this month Brown was suspended four games after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Billy Cundiff, K – Baltimore Ravens
One of the highest profile players to be cut loose around the league. Cundiff spent a short time with the Chiefs in 2008, but never appeared in a regular season game for Kansas City. Not surprisingly, after being released by the Ravens, he quickly caught on with the Washington Redskins, his 10th NFL team.
Mike Ingersoll, OL – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Signed as an undrafted free agent last season out of North Carolina, Ingersoll bounced around to the New England Patriots and the Bucs.
Will Svitek, OL – Atlanta Falcons
The former Chiefs 7th-round pick wasn’t released by the Falcons, but won’t be able to play in 2012. The team put him on injured reserve due to an arm injury. After spending three seasons in Kansas City, Svitek was out of football in 2008 but found a home with the Falcons the last three years, playing in 45 games while starting 12.
Herb Taylor, OL – Green Bay Packers
The Chiefs 2006 6th-round pick has been all around the country since parting ways with the Chiefs after the 2008 season when he played in all 16 games, starting one. Taylor has spent time with the New York Giants, Las Vegas Locomotives (UFL) and the Denver Broncos (twice) before landing with the Packers.
Javarris Williams, RB – Dallas Cowboys
A member of the Chiefs scary-bad 2009 draft class, the 7th-round pick only played in four games for Kansas City as a rookie. Since his short time with the Chiefs, Williams has bounced to the Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans and this year the Cowboys.