The Kansas City Chiefs, already dealing with a lack of depth along the offensive line, have released backup tackle Jared Gaither, according to PFT.
Gaither made only brief appearances this season at tackle for the Chiefs, including one snap in which he replaced an injured Brandan Albert during the final drive of the game and committed a false start. While Albert immediately came back into the game, the damage was done and that was apparently the final straw for him in Kansas City.
While the former fifth-round pick was once seen as a future star for the Baltimore Ravens, it says a lot that he was unable to beat out a terrible Barry Richardson at right tackle.
Reserve tackle Steve Maneri was active last week for the first time all season and is likely to take over for Gaither as the primary backup to Richardson and Albert. If the team is going to fill his roster spot with another tackle, six-foot-eight rookie David Mims is currently on the practice squad.
Considering the injury to guard Ryan Lilja, the Chiefs also could decide to sign an interior lineman off the street to protect against another injury.