The Kansas City Chiefs released their first player of the 2012 offseason, cutting ties with LB Demorrio Williams, the team announced on Tuesday.
Williams spent four years with the Chiefs, going from starter to backup/special teamer. 2011 was the first time in his eight-year career Williams didn’t play in all 16 games. His 18 tackles were a career-low.
After spending the first four years of his career with the Atlanta Falcons, Williams signed a five-year deal with Kansas City before the 2008 season. He started 22 games over the next two seasons before moving to the second unit.
Entering the final year of his contract and saving the team $1.7 million in cap space, this was an easy decision for Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel.
The team desperately needs to get younger and more athletic at inside linebacker. Right now it’s Derrick Johnson and not much else, making this one of the biggest needs for the Chiefs entering free agency and the draft.